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Restriction on Stating Preferences in CollegeAdmissions in Turkey


  • Tolga Yuret

    () (Koç University)

  • Kadir Doğan


A central authority designs and implements the college admissions process in Turkey. All applicants are required to take an SATlike test and submit their preferences over the departments. Then, the central authority places the applicants in departments by considering the test scores and stated preferences of the applicants and the capacities of the departments. This procedure generates a fair placement if there are no restrictions on stating preferences. How-ever, the applicants are restricted to state preferences over at most 24 departments out of 4022 available departments. In this paper, by using the college admissions data set of the year 2005, we estimate that the number of applicants who had an unfair placement due to this restriction is equivalent to 2.4 percent of the number of applicants who placed in a department.

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  • Tolga Yuret & Kadir Doğan, 2008. "Restriction on Stating Preferences in CollegeAdmissions in Turkey," Koç University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum Working Papers 0804, Koc University-TUSIAD Economic Research Forum.
  • Handle: RePEc:koc:wpaper:0804

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    college admissions; placement algoritms; fairness;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory

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