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College Admissions Game: Early Action or Early Decision?

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  • Mumcu, Ayse
  • Saglam, Ismail

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In this paper, we study the long-played, yet until now unmodeled, college admissions game over early admissions plans using a many-to-one matching framework. We characterize the equilibrium strategies of each college involving its early quota out of its total capacity, and the set of admissible and deferred students within its applicant pool independently from the early admissions plans of the colleges in the market. Given these strategies, we show that for each college early action is a weakly dominant choice between early admissions plans.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 3592.

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Keywords: Many-to-one matching; early action; early decision; college admissions;

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  1. Roth, Alvin E. & Sotomayor, Marilda, 1992. "Two-sided matching," Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications, in: R.J. Aumann & S. Hart (ed.), Handbook of Game Theory with Economic Applications, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 16, pages 485-541 Elsevier.
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  3. Roth, Alvin E., 1985. "The college admissions problem is not equivalent to the marriage problem," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 36(2), pages 277-288, August.
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  1. The subtle strategies of early college admissions
    by Economic Logician in Economic Logic on 2009-03-20 15:05:00

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