Admissions Constraints and the Decision to Delay University

Kelly Foley, Fane Naja Groes

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We investigate whether delaying entrance into university is affected by restrictions on admissions into competitive programs. Using Danish administrative data, we estimate a dynamic discrete choice model, in which students choose, if admitted, whether to enter one of 30 programs or delay. We use the model to examine delaying choices under different simulated admissions policies. Our experiments suggest that only 28% of students who delay do so because of admissions restrictions. Furthermore, although students respond to admissions incentives, our results imply that such policies are unlikely to substantially change the overall distribution of delay.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Scandinavian Journal of Economics
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)478-507
Number of pages30
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

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Published online 4. December 2019


  • University
  • Admission policies
  • Timing of university enrollment

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