Preference Submission Timing and College Admission Outcomes: Evidence from Turkey
47 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2021
Date Written: December 28, 2020
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
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