Rational Students and Resit Exams
AbstractResit exams – extra opportunities to do an exam in the same academic year – are widely prevalent in European higher education, but uncommon in the US. I present a simple theoretical model to compare rational student behavior in the case of only one exam opportunity versus the case of two exam opportunities. Numerical examples for a wide range of plausible parameter values show that a second exam opportunity increases the ultimate passing probability only slightly, but strongly reduces average total student effort.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 6832.
Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2013, 118 (1), 213-215
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- D01 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Microeconomic Behavior: Underlying Principles
- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-30 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2012-09-30 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2012-09-30 (Labour Economics)
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