Diffusion of Common Application Membership and Admissions Outcomes at American Colleges and Universities

33 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2007

See all articles by Albert Yung-Hsu Liu

Albert Yung-Hsu Liu

Cornell University - Department of Economics; Cornell University - Cornell Higher Education Research Institute

Ronald G. Ehrenberg

ILR-Cornell University; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Jesenka Mrdjenovic

Cornell University

Date Written: May 30, 2007

Abstract

We study the adoption of Common Application membership by private four-year postsecondary institutions and its role in explaining the growth in undergraduate applications. Using data from the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges, proportional hazards models suggest that institutions respond to the net benefit of adoption. We then estimate that membership increases applications by 5.7-7.0 percent and decreases yield rates by 2.8-3.9 percent. Acceptance rates decrease for members when their local networks are large. Falsification tests indicate that membership effects occur as a one-time adoption shock. Membership also decreases SAT scores and increases the percent students of color.

Keywords: higher education, diffusion of innovations

JEL Classification: I21, L11, L14

Suggested Citation

Liu, Albert Yung-Hsu and Ehrenberg, Ronald G. and Mrdjenovic, Jesenka, Diffusion of Common Application Membership and Admissions Outcomes at American Colleges and Universities (May 30, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=989975 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.989975

Albert Yung-Hsu Liu (Contact Author)

Cornell University - Department of Economics ( email )

414 Uris Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-7601
United States

Cornell University - Cornell Higher Education Research Institute ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
United States
(607) 254-4777 (Phone)

Ronald G. Ehrenberg

ILR-Cornell University ( email )

Higher Education Research Institute
Ithaca, NY 14853-3901
United States
607-255-3026 (Phone)
607-255-4496 (Fax)

National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) ( email )

1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Jesenka Mrdjenovic

Cornell University ( email )

Ithaca, NY 14853
United States

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
38
Abstract Views
744
PlumX Metrics