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ERIC Number: ED506273
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
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Playing the Admissions Game: Student Reactions to Increasing College Competition. NBER Working Paper No. 15272
Bound, John; Hershbein, Brad; Long, Bridget Terry
National Bureau of Economic Research
Gaining entrance to a four-year college or university, particularly a selective institution, has become increasingly competitive over the last several decades. We document this phenomenon and show how it has varied across different parts of the student ability distribution and across region, with the most pronounced increases in competition being found among higher-ability students and in the Northeast. Additionally, we explore how the college preparatory behavior of high school seniors has changed in response to the growth in competition. We also discuss the theoretical implications of increased competition on longer-term measures of learning and achievement and attempt to test them empirically; the evidence and related literature, while limited, suggests little long-term benefit.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: United States