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Open University Admission Policies and Drop Out Rates in Europe


  • Veruska Oppedisano

    (The Geary Institute, UCD)


The paper develops a model of educational choices with uncertainty to account for the high drop out rate in countries with open admission policies at university entry. As long as university entry reveals useful information, students have incentives to enroll, update their beliefs and choose whether to continue university or drop out.

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  • Veruska Oppedisano, 2009. "Open University Admission Policies and Drop Out Rates in Europe," Working Papers 200944, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200944

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    1. Gregori, Pablo & Martínez, Vicente & Moyano-Fernández, Julio José, 2018. "Basic actions to reduce dropout rates in distance learning," Evaluation and Program Planning, Elsevier, vol. 66(C), pages 48-52.
    2. Stefano STAFFOLANI & Maria Cristina RECCHIONI, 2016. "Increasing Graduation and Calling for More Autonomy in Higher Education: Is It a Good Thing? A Theoretical Model," Working Papers 419, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.

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    uncertainty; admission policy; higher education;
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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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