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Higher Education

, Volume 56, Issue 2, pp 185–203 | Cite as

Evaluating student allocation in the Portuguese public higher education system

  • Miguel Portela
  • Nelson Areal
  • Carla Sá
  • Fernando Alexandre
  • João Cerejeira
  • Ana Carvalho
  • Artur Rodrigues
Article

Abstract

This paper characterizes and evaluates the student allocation in the Portuguese public higher education system. It describes the supply and demand sides of the system by looking at the numerus clausus across areas of study and institutions, institutions’ degree of diversity, and performance and adjustment indicators based on students’ revealed preferences. Performance indicators quantify the adequacy between demand and supply, across institutions and fields of study, and gauge the performance of public higher education institutions in the competition for candidates. Adjustment indicators allow us to predict the potential impact of changes in higher education regulations on student allocation and its stability. According to these indicators, such changes could result in an expansion for some institutions and fields of study, whereas other institutions might face a reduction.

Keywords

Demand Higher education market Regulation Supply 

Notes

Acknowledgements

We wish to thank Alberto Amaral for his comments on a previous version of this paper. We also benefited from comments and suggestions from participants of the NIPE Seminar, Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miguel Portela
    • 1
  • Nelson Areal
    • 2
  • Carla Sá
    • 3
  • Fernando Alexandre
    • 4
  • João Cerejeira
    • 4
  • Ana Carvalho
    • 2
  • Artur Rodrigues
    • 2
  1. 1.Universidade do Minho, NIPE and IZABragaPortugal
  2. 2.Universidade do Minho and NEGEBragaPortugal
  3. 3.Universidade do Minho and NIPE and CIPESBragaPortugal
  4. 4.Universidade do Minho and NIPEBragaPortugal

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