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Simultaneous screening and college admissions


  • Chen, Wei-Cheng
  • Kao, Yi-Cheng


We analyze a simultaneous screening problem in competition among top schools. The model predicts that when the second best school has similar prestige to the best one it could attract better students by choosing the same entrance examination date.

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  • Chen, Wei-Cheng & Kao, Yi-Cheng, 2014. "Simultaneous screening and college admissions," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 122(2), pages 296-298.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:122:y:2014:i:2:p:296-298 DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.12.016

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    Decentralized two-sided matching; Early decision; School competition;

    JEL classification:

    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions


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