Subject specific league tables and students' application decisions

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Title: Subject specific league tables and students' application decisions
Authors: Chevalier, Arnaud
Jia, Xiaoxuan
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Date: 13-Mar-2015
Abstract: Do applicants to higher education rely on expert judgement about the quality of the course when applying? Using application data across UK universities over a period of 8 years, we investigate how league tables affect prospective students’ application decisions. We use subject specific ranking rather than the commonly used institution level ranking. We find that a one standard deviation change in the subject-level ranking score of an institution is associated with on average a 4.3% increase in application numbers per faculty. This effect is particularly pronounced among faculties with the best scores, and overseas applicants. Limits to the number of applications have increased the preponderance of league tables.
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. Geary Institute
Start page: 1
End page: 31
Series/Report no.: UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy Discussion Paper Series; WP2015/03
Copyright (published version): 2015 the authors
Keywords: Higher education applicationsLeague tables
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Geary Institute Working Papers

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