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Unified Versus Divided Enrollment in School Choice: Improving Student Welfare in Chicago

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  • Battal Doğan
  • M. Bumin Yenmez

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The Chicago Board of Education is implementing a centralized clearinghouse to assign students to schools for 2018-19 admissions. In this clearinghouse, each student can simultaneously be admitted to a selective and a nonselective school. We study this divided enrollment system and show that an alternative unified enrollment system, which elicits the preferences of students over all schools and assigns each student to only one school, is better for students when choice rules of schools are substitutable. Furthermore, we characterize the sources of inefficiency in the divided system.

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  • Battal Doğan & M. Bumin Yenmez, 2018. "Unified Versus Divided Enrollment in School Choice: Improving Student Welfare in Chicago," Bristol Economics Discussion Papers 18/705, School of Economics, University of Bristol, UK.
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