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University rankings from the revealed preferences of the applicants

László Csató () and Csaba Tóth

European Journal of Operational Research, 2020, vol. 286, issue 1, 309-320

Abstract: A methodology is presented to rank universities on the basis of the lists of programmes the students applied for. We exploit a crucial feature of the centralised assignment system to higher education in Hungary: a student is admitted to the first programme where the score limit is achieved. This makes it possible to derive a partial preference order of each applicant. Our approach integrates the information from all students participating in the system, is free of multicollinearity among the indicators, and contains few ad hoc parameters. The procedure is implemented to rank faculties in the Hungarian higher education between 2001 and 2016. We demonstrate that the ranking given by the least squares method has favourable theoretical properties, is robust with respect to the aggregation of preferences, and performs well in practice. The suggested ranking is worth considering as a reasonable alternative to the standard composite indices.

Keywords: Decision analysis; University ranking; Group decision; Preference ordering; Incomplete pairwise comparison (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2020.03.008

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