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Student satisfaction, league tables and University applications

Gibbons, Stephen, Neumayer, Eric and Perkins, Richard (2013) Student satisfaction, league tables and University applications. SERC Discussion Papers (SERCDP0142). Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC), London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

We investigate the impact of information about student satisfaction on university choice, using data from the UK’s National Student Survey (NSS) and on applications to undergraduate degree courses. We show that the NSS has a small, statistically significant effect on applications at the university-subject level. This effect operates primarily through the influence of the NSS scores on a university’s position in separately published, subject-specific, league tables, implying greater salience of league table rankings. The impact of rankings is greater amongst the most able students, for universities with entry standards in the upper-middle tier, and for subject-departments facing more competition.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/SERC/publication...
Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2014 08:56
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2019 12:13
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Welsh Assembly Government
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/58540

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