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One or Many? Using the New Opportunities of the Unified State Exam in Russian University Admissions

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  • Andrey Ampilogov


    (Research assistant, Center for Institutional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.)

  • Ilya Prakhov


    (Research fellow, Center for Institutional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.)

  • Maria Yudkevich


    (Director, Center for Institutional Studies at the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia.)

The introduction of the Unified State Exam (USE) has simplified the process of university entry by decreasing transaction costs associated with the application process. The new system allows applicants to apply to several higher education institutions at the same time. However, many students do not take advantage of this opportunity and apply only to a single university. In this study we analyze the factors that influence application strategies, whether to apply to only one institution or to apply to several. We argue that higher USE scores predict a higher probability of multiple applications. Additionally, graduating from a high school that offers advanced training in a particular discipline positively influences this probability. The variables of family income and social capital, a parent’s level of education, and their age, as well as attending additional programs of pre-entry training are statistically insignificant.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 12/EDU/2013.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 2013
Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Education / EDU, September 2013, pages 1-16
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:12edu2013
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  1. Ilya Prakhov & Maria Yudkevich, 2012. "University Admission In Russia: Do the Wealthier Benefit from Standardized Exams?," HSE Working papers WP BRP 04/EDU/2012, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  2. Prakhov, Ilya, 2012. "The unified state examination and the determinants of academic achievement: Does investment in pre-entry coaching matter?," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 27(3), pages 86-108.
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