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Discrimination in grading: experimental evidence from primary school teachers

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  • Maresa Sprietsma

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This paper studies the effect of teacher expectations on essay grades in an experimental setting. For this purpose, we randomly assign Turkish or German first names to a set of essays so that some teachers believe a given essay was written by a German native pupil, whereas others believe it was written by a pupil of Turkish origin. We find that the same essays obtain significantly worse grades and lower secondary school recommendations when bearing a Turkish sounding name. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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  • Maresa Sprietsma, 2013. "Discrimination in grading: experimental evidence from primary school teachers," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 45(1), pages 523-538, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:empeco:v:45:y:2013:i:1:p:523-538
    DOI: 10.1007/s00181-012-0609-x
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    Keywords

    Discrimination; Migrant background; Grading; Field experiment; I20; I24; C93;
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    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality
    • C93 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Field Experiments

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