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Teacher gender and student performance in mathematics. Evidence from Catalonia

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  • Josep-Oriol Escardíbul

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    (University of Barcelona & IEB)

  • Toni Mora

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    (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya & IEB)

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This paper analyses the impact of teacher gender towards students’ test results in a blinded Math test administered to students in Catalonia (Spain). The data for this analysis are drawn from a sample of secondary school students who participated in an international blind-test known as the “Mathematical Kangaroo” in 2008. The estimation considers a two-stage procedure since participation on the test leads to the presence of sample selection. Results show a correlation between female teacher gender and student results. Moreover, students with female teachers have a higher probability of participating in the “Kangaroo” test (in this case, the effect being more marked among male students).

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Paper provided by Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB) in its series Working Papers with number 2013/7.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 2013
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Handle: RePEc:ieb:wpaper:2013/6/doc2013-7

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Keywords: Grading; teacher gender; two-stage procedure; gender stereotypes;

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  1. Escardíbul, Josep Oriol & Calero, Jorge, 2013. "Two Quality Factors In The Education System: Teaching Staff And School Autonomy. The Current State Of Research," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 13(3), pages 5-18.

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