A new paper by Ilya Prakhov and Denis Sergienko has been published in European Journal of Education
A paper “Matching between students and universities: What are the sources of inequalities of access to higher education?’ by Ilya Prakhov, Senior Research Fellow at CInSt, and Denis Sergienko has been published in European Journal of Education.
It is assumed that a perfect balance between student academic achievement and the quality of the university they attend is beneficial both for students and higher education institutions. Matching theory predicts perfect match between the two groups in the absence of transaction costs associated with university enrolment. However, in this study the authors show cases of mismatch situations in Russia under the Unified State Exam—the standardised student admission mechanism.
Whilst overall favourable matching results are established, the authors show that individual student achievement results are subject to the influence of school and family characteristics. Thus, inequality of access can be formed at stages preceding higher education enrolment.
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