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University rankings in action? The importance of rankings and an excellence competition for university choice of high-ability students?

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  • Horstschräer, Julia

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This paper analyzes how high-ability students respond to different indicators of university quality when applying for a university. Are some quality dimensions of a ranking, e.g. research reputation or mentoring more important than others? I estimate a random utility model using administrative application data of all German medical schools. As identification relies on the variation in quality indicators over time, I can disentangle the response to changes in quality indicators from the common knowledge regarding the overall university attractiveness. Results show that the ranking provides more relevant information in the quality dimensions mentoring, infrastructure and students' satisfaction than with respect to research. --

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 11-061.

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Keywords: Higher education; university choice; college admission; conditional logit;

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  1. Stephen Gibbons & Eric Neumayer & Richard Perkins, 2013. "Student Satisfaction, League Tables and University Applications," SERC Discussion Papers, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE 0142, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
  2. Horstschräer, Julia, 2012. "Decentralizing university admission: Evidence from a natural experiment," ZEW Discussion Papers, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research 12-076, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  3. Mira Fischer & Patrick Kampkoetter, 2014. "Striving for Excellence: University Competition, Quality Perceptions, and Ability Sorting," Cologne Graduate School Working Paper Series, Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences 05-01, Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences.

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