Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

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Lund University, Department of Economics

No 2024:1: Beyond Truth-telling: A Replication Study on School Choice

Tommy Andersson (), Dany Kessel, Nils Lager, Elisabet Olme and Simon Reese
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Tommy Andersson: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: School of Economics and Management, Box 7080, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden
Dany Kessel: Department of Economics, Södertörn University
Nils Lager: Department of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics
Elisabet Olme: Svensk Utbildningsteknologi AB, Stockholm
Simon Reese: Department of Economics, Lund University, Postal: School of Economics and Management, Box 7080, S-220 07 Lund, Sweden

Abstract: In a recent paper, Fack et al. (2019, American Economic Review) convincingly argue and theoretically demonstrate that there may be strong incentives for students to play non-truth-telling strategies when reporting preferences over schools, even when the celebrated deferred acceptance algorithm is employed. Their statistical test also rejects the (weak) truth-telling assumption in favour of another assumption, called stability, using a single data set on school choice in Paris. This paper uses Swedish school choice data and replicates their empirical finding in 52 of the 58 investigated data sets (P-value threshold 0.05).

Keywords: school choice; deferred acceptance algorithm; truth-telling; stability; replication study

JEL-codes: D12; D82; I23

Language: English

14 pages, January 17, 2024

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