Preference Submission Timing and College Admission Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey

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Hayri Alper Arslan

University of Texas at San Antonio - College of Business - Department of Economics

Yang Song

Colgate University - Economics Department

Tong Wang

Waseda University

Date Written: December 28, 2020

Abstract

This paper studies the effects of changing from Pre-exam to Post-exam rank order lists submission on matching outcomes in Turkish college admissions. A conceptual framework predicts that such reform in the constrained Deferred Acceptance mechanism improves matching stability in two ways: (i) less wastefulness and an increase in rank ranges for university programs with empty seats, (ii) more precise stratification and a decrease in rank ranges for programs that were previously filled. Results from a difference-in-differences strategy confirms these predictions. Results also suggest a complementarity between information on students' priority order and information on program selectivity.

Keywords: College admission, matching stability, post-exam submission, Turkey

JEL Classification: C78, D82, I23, I28

Suggested Citation

Arslan, Hayri Alper and Song, Yang and Wang, Tong, Preference Submission Timing and College Admission Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey (December 28, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3757012 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3757012

Hayri Alper Arslan (Contact Author)

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Yang Song

Colgate University - Economics Department ( email )

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Tong Wang

Waseda University ( email )

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