ERIC Number: ED501953
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Diffusion of Common Application Membership and Admissions Outcomes at American Colleges and Universities. NBER Working Paper No. 13175
Liu, Albert Yung-Hsu; Ehrenberg, Ronald G.; Mrdjenovic, Jesenka
National Bureau of Economic Research
We study the adoption of Common Application membership by private four-year postsecondary institutions and its role in explaining the growth in undergraduate applications. Using data from the College Board's Annual Survey of Colleges, our estimation of proportional hazard models suggest that institutions respond to the net benefit of adoption. We estimate that membership increases applications by 5.7 to 7.0 percent and decreases yield rates by 2.8 to 3.9 percent. Acceptance rates decrease for members when their local networks are large. Membership is also associated with a decline in SAT scores and an increase in the percentage of students of color. Finally, falsification tests indicate that membership effects occur as a one-time adoption shock that persists thereafter.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: SAT (College Admission Test)