Williams Project on the Economics
of Higher Education
Mears West, Williams College
Williamstown, MA 01267
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|September 2011||Educational "Goodwill": Measuring the Intangible Assets at Highly Selective Private Colleges and Universities|
with Morton Schapiro, David Zimmerman: w17412
In this paper we utilize data on the head-to-head loss rate for students accepted at Williams College, but who opt to enroll elsewhere. For example, we employ data that measure the fraction of students admitted to Williams and to Amherst (or Harvard or Yale, etc.) but who opt to attend Amherst (or Harvard or Yale, etc.) instead of Williams. We then model this head-to-head loss rate using data from a variety of sources. A better understanding of the head-to-head loss rate can assist an institution in the competition for high quality students. Importantly, it can also shed light on the degree to which some part of the loss rate might be due to "intangible" differences between the schools being compared. These intangibles (positive or negative) might grant a school greater success (or fa...
|February 2010||Students Choosing Colleges: Understanding the Matriculation Decision at a Highly Selective Private Institution|
with Morton Schapiro, David Zimmerman: w15772
The college choice process can be reduced to three questions:
1) Where does a student apply?
2) Which schools accept the students?
3) Which offer of admission does the student accept?
This paper addresses question three. Specifically, we offer an econometric analysis of the matriculation decisions made by students accepted to Williams College, one of the nation's most highly selective colleges and universities. We use data for the Williams classes of 2008 through 2012 to estimate a yield model. We find that--conditional on the student applying to and being accepted by Williams--applicant quality as measured by standardized tests, high school GPA and the like, the net price a particular student faces (the sticker price minus institutional financial aid), the applicant's race and geograph...
Published: Nurnberg, Peter & Schapiro, Morton & Zimmerman, David, 2012. "Students choosing colleges: Understanding the matriculation decision at a highly selective private institution," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(1), pages 1-8. citation courtesy of