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An analysis of the German university admissions system

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  • Alexander Westkamp

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    This paper analyzes the sequential admissions procedure for medical subjects at public universities in Germany. Complete information equilibrium outcomes are shown to be characterized by a \emph{stability} condition that is adapted to the \emph{institutional constraints} of the German system. I introduce \emph{matching problems with complex constraints} and the notion of \emph{procedural stability}. Two simple assumptions guarantee existence of a student optimal procedurally stable matching mechanism that is strategyproof for students. n the context of the German admissions problem, this mechanism weakly Pareto dominates all equilibrium outcomes of the currently employed procedure. Applications to school choice with affirmative action are also discussed.

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    Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse02_2012.

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    Length: 53 Creation date: 2012-03
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    Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse02_2012

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    Keywords: University Admissions; Matching; Stability; Strategyproofness; Complex Constraints;

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    1. Atila Abdulkadiroglu & Yeon-Koo Che & Yosuke Yasuda, 2008. "Expanding "Choice" in School Choice," GRIPS Discussion Papers 08-17, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.
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