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Student satisfaction, league tables and university applications: evidence from Britain

Gibbons, Stephen ORCID: 0000-0002-2871-8562, Neumayer, Eric ORCID: 0000-0003-2719-7563 and Perkins, Richard (2015) Student satisfaction, league tables and university applications: evidence from Britain. Economics of Education Review, 48. pp. 148-164. ISSN 0272-7757

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.07.002


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 degrees. We show that NSS scores have a small statistically significant effect on applications at the university-subject level. This effect operates via the influence of the NSS on a university's position in separately published, subject-specific league tables, suggesting that information contained in the league table rankings is more salient. The impact of rankings is greater for more able students, for universities with entry standards in the upper-middle tier, and for subject-departments facing more competition.

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Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
H - Public Economics > H0 - General
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 11:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:04
Projects: ES/J021342/1
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council, UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills, Welsh Advisory Government

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