A1 Journal article (refereed)
Why Finnish polytechnics reject top applicants (2020)

Koerselman, K. (2020). Why Finnish polytechnics reject top applicants. Education Economics, 28(5), 491-507. https://doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2020.1787953

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Koerselman, Kristian

Journal or series: Education Economics

ISSN: 0964-5292

eISSN: 1469-5782

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 28

Issue number: 5

Pages range: 491-507

Publisher: Routledge

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09645292.2020.1787953

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71182


I use a panel of higher education clearinghouse data to study the centralized assignment of applicants to Finnish polytechnics. Many top applicants remain completely unassigned each year. The same applicants' future applications reveal that many of them should have been admitted to a different program immediately. The application system, however, discourages applicants from applying to multiple programs within the same year, while at the same time leaving them in the dark on the set of programs willing to admit them. Improvements to the application system have the potential to substantially reduce reapplications, thereby shortening long queues into Finnish higher education.

Keywords: student admissions; joint selection procedure; student application; joint application system; application procedure; student places; polytechnics (institutions of higher education)

Free keywords: educational selection; college admissions; student placement; school choice

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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