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Frequency Of Examinations And Student Achievement In A Randomized Experiment

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  • Maria De Poala

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  • Vincenzo Scoppa

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    (Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica, Università della Calabria)

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We carry out a randomized experiment involving undergraduate students enrolled at an Italian University attending an introductory economics class to evaluate the impact on achievement of examination frequency and interim feedback provision. Students in the treated group were allowed to undertake an intermediate exam and were informed about the results obtained, while students in the control group could only take the final exam. It emerges that students undertaking the intermediate exam perform better both in terms of probability of passing the exams and of grades obtained. High ability students appear to benefit more from the treatment. The experiment design allows us to disentangle “workload division or commitment” effects from “feedback provision” effects. We find that the estimated treatment impact is due exclusively to the first effect, while the feedback provision has no positive effect on performance. Finally, the better performance of treated students in targeted examinations seems not to be obtained at the expenses of results earned in other examinations.

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Paper provided by Università della Calabria, Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza (Ex Dipartimento di Economia e Statistica) in its series Working Papers with number 201019.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:clb:wpaper:201019

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Keywords: Education Production Function; Student Effort; Work Organization; Feedback Provision; Higher Education; Randomized Evaluation;

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  1. Kooreman, Peter, 2013. "Rational students and resit exams," Economics Letters, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 213-215.
  2. Kooreman, Peter, 2012. "Rational Students and Resit Exams," IZA Discussion Papers 6832, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  3. De Paola, Maria & Gioia, Francesca & Scoppa, Vincenzo, 2013. "Are Females Scared of Competing with Males? Results from a Field Experiment," IZA Discussion Papers 7799, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  4. Antonello E. Scorcu & Laura Vici, 2013. "Economic and cultural factors and illegal copying in the university textbook market," ACEI Working Paper Series, the Association for Cultural Economics International AWP-01-2013, the Association for Cultural Economics International, revised Feb 2013.
  5. Onji, Kazuki, 2013. "Estimating the effects of procrastination on performance: A small sample study," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 44(C), pages 85-90.

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