Grade Inflation under the Threat of Students' Nuisance: Theory and Evidence
AbstractThis study examines a channel, studentsâ€™ nuisance, to explain grade inflation. â€œStudentsâ€™ nuisanceâ€ is defined by â€œstudentsâ€™ pestering the professors for better grades.â€ This paper contains two parts: the game theoretic model and the empirical tests. The model shows that the potential threat of studentsâ€™ nuisance can induce the professors to inflate grades. Ceteris paribus, a student is more likely to study little and to pester the professor for a better grade if: 1. the professor is lenient; 2. the studying cost is high; 3. the reward from pestering is high; 4. the cost of pestering is low. My original survey data show that 70%+ of professors think that studentsâ€™ nuisance is â€œannoyingâ€ and â€œcostly in terms of time, effort, and energy.â€ Regression results indicate that themore the student values the grade, the higher the studying cost, and the more likely the student is to pester the professor.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 070806.
Length: 57 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2007
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Grade inflation; Grade exaggeration; Students' nuisance;
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- D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design
- I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-12-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2007-12-08 (Education)
- NEP-SOG-2007-12-08 (Sociology of Economics)
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