Doctor Who? Who Gets Admission Offers in UK Medical Schools

39 Pages Posted: 18 Oct 2005

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Wiji Arulampalam

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Robin Naylor

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Jeremy Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 2005

Abstract

In the context of the UK Government's ambitious programme of medical school expansion, it is important to have an understanding of how the medical school admissions process works, and with what effects. The issue is also relevant for the Schwartz Review (2004) into higher education admissions. Using individual-level data for two entire cohorts of medical student applicants in UK universities and exploiting the panel structure of the applicant-medical school information, we estimate models to analyse the probability that an individual student receives an offer of a place. We find that prior qualifications, school type, gender, age, social class and ethnic background are major influences on whether a student receives an offer from a medical school. We also find that the probability of receiving an offer from a particular medical school is influenced by the identity of other medical schools applied to. Finally, we find evidence that certain groups of applicants are particularly disadvantaged the later they apply within the application process.

Keywords: medical students, admissions, offer (non-rejection) probabilities, endogenous selection, unobserved heterogeneity

JEL Classification: J24, I2, C41

Suggested Citation

Arulampalam, Wiji and Naylor, Robin A. and Smith, Jeremy P., Doctor Who? Who Gets Admission Offers in UK Medical Schools (September 2005). IZA Discussion Paper No. 1775, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=826327

Wiji Arulampalam

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Robin A. Naylor (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jeremy P. Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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