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Do secrets come out? Statistical evaluation of student cheating

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  • Borisova, Ekaterina

    () (International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

  • Peresetsky, Anatoly

    () (National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russian Federation)

Abstract

We suggest an original method of student cheating evaluation based on the comparison of students’ grades in exams in class, home assignments and experimental homework. The data for the study is collected from the survey of 2012–2013 sophomores of the International College of Economics and Finance at the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. At the end of the course in Statistics in addition to standard assignments (homework and exams) students were given experimental homework with a ban on cooperation among them. The violation of this rule was qualified as cheating. The scale of cooperation is measured and then tested through the stochastic frontier technique; it reveals connection with the GPA level, students’ expectations of the cheaters’ share and students’ moral norms. We also find different behavioral patterns for high and low performing students as well as country specific context of student cheating behavior.

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  • Borisova, Ekaterina & Peresetsky, Anatoly, 2016. "Do secrets come out? Statistical evaluation of student cheating," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 44, pages 119-130.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:apltrx:0307
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    Keywords

    student cheating; take home assignment; stochastic frontier; Russia;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C50 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - General
    • C91 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • K42 - Law and Economics - - Legal Procedure, the Legal System, and Illegal Behavior - - - Illegal Behavior and the Enforcement of Law
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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