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Effects of the German Universities' Excellence Initiative on Ability Sorting of Students and Perceptions of Educational Quality

Mira Fischer and Patrick Kampkoetter
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Patrick Kampkoetter: University of Cologne

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No 05-01, Cologne Graduate School Working Paper Series from Cologne Graduate School in Management, Economics and Social Sciences

Abstract: We study the effects of a label awarded to universities for excellence in research on students' perception of educational quality and enrolment in subsequent admission terms. Using a representative student survey we find that students evaluate the teaching and supervision quality of their institution better immediately after it was labelled "excellent". Furthermore, the award of the excellence label allow universities to enrol better high school graduates in subsequent admission terms, with economics students showing the strongest response. Our results provide evidence that students use the label as a signal for educational quality that affects application decisions and reinforces ability sorting between universities, a side-effect of a policy designed to raise efficiency of universities.

Keywords: higher education; university choice; student evaluations; labelling effect (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 D80 H52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-03-22, Revised 2016-06-25
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