nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2010‒03‒13
two papers chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Does university quality drive international student flows?. By Van Bouwel, Linda; Veugelers, Reinhilde
  2. Students Choosing Colleges: Understanding the Matriculation Decision at a Highly Selective Private Institution By Peter Nurnberg; Morton Schapiro; David Zimmerman

  1. By: Van Bouwel, Linda; Veugelers, Reinhilde
    Abstract: We examine whether the (research) quality of a country’s higher education system drives macro-flows of foreign tertiary students in Europe. We use various measures on the quality of a country’s higher education system in an extended gravity model. We find that quality has a positive and significant effect on the size and direction of flows of students exchanged between 18 European countries.
    Keywords: international student mobility; higher education; university rankings; quality indicators;
    Date: 2009–12
  2. By: Peter Nurnberg; Morton Schapiro; David Zimmerman
    Abstract: The college choice process can be reduced to three questions: 1) Where does a student apply? 2) Which schools accept the students? 3) Which offer of admission does the student accept? This paper addresses question three. Specifically, we offer an econometric analysis of the matriculation decisions made by students accepted to Williams College, one of the nation’s most highly selective colleges and universities. We use data for the Williams classes of 2008 through 2012 to estimate a yield model. We find that—conditional on the student applying to and being accepted by Williams—applicant quality as measured by standardized tests, high school GPA and the like, the net price a particular student faces (the sticker price minus institutional financial aid), the applicant’s race and geographic origin, plus the student’s artistic, athletic and academic interests, are strong predictors of whether or not the student will matriculate.
    JEL: I21
    Date: 2010–02

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