Same Work, Lower Grade? Student Ethnicity and Teachers’ Subjective Assessments
AbstractPrevious research shows that ethnic minority students perform poorer in school when they are taught by ethnic majority teachers. Why this is the case was unclear. This paper focuses on one important potential explanation: I examine whether ethnic majority teachers grade minority and majority students differently for the same work. Using an experiment, I rule out the existence of such a direct grading bias. I do find indirect evidence for alternative explanations: teachers report lower expectations and unfavorable attitudes that both likely affect their behavior towards minority students, potentially inducing them to perform below their ability level. Effects of having majority teachers on minority students' grades hence seem more likely to be indirect than direct.This discussion paper resulted in a publication in 'Economics of Education Review' (30) 1045-1058.
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Ethnicity; Discrimination; Grading; Experiment;
Other versions of this item:
- van Ewijk, Reyn, 2011. "Same work, lower grade? Student ethnicity and teachers' subjective assessments," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(5), pages 1045-1058, October.
- Ewijk, R. van, . "Same work, lower grade? Student ethnicity and teachers' subjective assessments," Working Papers 21, Top Institute for Evidence Based Education Research.
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- J15 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Minorities, Races, Indigenous Peoples, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
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- NEP-ALL-2010-12-23 (All new papers)
- NEP-CBE-2010-12-23 (Cognitive & Behavioural Economics)
- NEP-EDU-2010-12-23 (Education)
- NEP-EXP-2010-12-23 (Experimental Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2010-12-23 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2010-12-23 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2010-12-23 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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