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April 19, 2017

Heterogeneous Beliefs and School Choice Mechanisms

By: Adam Kapor Christopher A. Neilson Seth D. Zimmerman, Chicago Booth, April 19, 2017

Using survey data from New Haven CT, the authors build a model to estimate the impact of moving toward a strategy-proof deferred acceptance algorithm. The study finds that given the misconceptions that families have about how the school choice system works, shifting from the current system, which rewards applicants who strategize about their picks, to a strategy-proof deferred acceptance algorithm would improve outcomes overall.

Read the Chicago Booth paper.

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