Unified Enrollment in School Choice: How to Improve Student Assignment in Chicago

39 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2017 Last revised: 28 Nov 2017

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Battal Dogan

Department of Economics, University of Bristol

M. Bumin Yenmez

Boston College

Date Written: November 20, 2017

Abstract

The Chicago Board of Education is implementing a centralized clearinghouse to assign students to schools for 2018-19 admissions. In this clearinghouse, each student can simultaneously be admitted to a selective and a nonselective school. We study this divided enrollment system and show that an alternative unified enrollment system, which assigns each student to only one school, is better for all students. We also examine systems with two stages of admissions, which has also been considered in Chicago, and establish conditions under which the unified enrollment system is better than the divided enrollment system.

Keywords: Market design, school choice, unified enrollment

JEL Classification: C78, D47, D71, D78

Suggested Citation

Dogan, Battal and Yenmez, M. Bumin, Unified Enrollment in School Choice: How to Improve Student Assignment in Chicago (November 20, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2999373 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2999373

Battal Dogan

Department of Economics, University of Bristol ( email )

United Kingdom

M. Bumin Yenmez (Contact Author)

Boston College ( email )

140 Commonwealth Ave.
Maloney Hall 327
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
United States

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