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The Dog ATE my Economics Homework! Estimates of the Average Effect of Treating Hawaii’s Public High School Students with Economics

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  • Kimberly Burnett

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    (University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization)

  • Sumner La Croix

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    (Department of Economics, University of Hawaii at Manoa)

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Hawaii is one of 27 states that do not require testing of public high school students regarding their understanding of economics. We report results for the first economics test administered to a large sample of students in Hawaii public high schools during the Spring 2004 semester. Our analysis focuses on evaluating the impact of a semester-long course in economics on student scores on a 20-question, multiple-choice economics test. We specify and estimate a regression analysis of exam scores that controls for other factors that could influence student performance on the exam. While student scores on the economics exam are relatively low, completion of an economics course and participation in a stock market simulation game each add about one point to student scores.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 201001.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: 22 Jan 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hai:wpaper:201001

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Keywords: economic education; high school economics; stock market simulation;

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