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Religious penalty in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings


  • Robert Baumann
  • David Chu
  • Charles Anderton


Since its debut in 1983, the U.S. News & World Report College Guide has become the premier 'consumer report' of higher education. We find that peer assessment, which is the largest component of the U.S. News & World Report ranking function, contains a penalty for religiously affiliated schools that is independent of the other U.S. News & World Report variables and several proxies for quality. Possible explanations of the religious penalty include taste-based discrimination, perceived differences in the quality of the curriculum, and strategic voting by college administrators.

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  • Robert Baumann & David Chu & Charles Anderton, 2009. "Religious penalty in the U.S. News & World Report college rankings," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 17(4), pages 491-504.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:17:y:2009:i:4:p:491-504
    DOI: 10.1080/09645290701843699

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