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Ethnic Discrimination in High School Grading: Evidence from a Field Experiment

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  • Hinnerich, Björn Tyrefors

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    (Stockholm University)

  • Höglin, Erik

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    (Swedish Fiscal Policy Council)

  • Johannesson, Magnus

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics)

Abstract

We rigorously test for ethnic discrimination in high school grading in Sweden. A random sample of the national tests in the Swedish language is graded both non-blind by the student’s own teacher and blind without any identifying information. The increase in the test score due to non-blind grading is significantly higher for students with Swedish background compared to students with foreign background. This discrimination effect is sizeable, and explains the entire difference in test scores between students with Swedish and foreign background.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 733.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 18 Jan 2011
Date of revision: 19 Jan 2011
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0733

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Keywords: Discrimination; Field experiments; Education;

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  1. Amine Ouazad & Lionel Page, 2012. "Students’ Perceptions of Teacher Biases: Experimental Economics in Schools," CEE Discussion Papers 0133, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.

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