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Majority Vote on Educational Standards

  • Robert Schwager

    (Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany)

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    The direct democratic choice of an examination standard, i.e., a performance level required to graduate, is evaluated against a utilitarian welfare function. It is shown that the median preferred standard is inefficiently low if the marginal cost of reaching a higher performance reacts more sensitively to ability for high than for low abilities, and if the right tail of the ability distribution is longer than the left tail. Moreover, a high number of agents who choose not to graduate may imply that the median preferred standard is inefficiently low even if these conditions fail.

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    Paper provided by GEMF - Faculdade de Economia, Universidade de Coimbra in its series GEMF Working Papers with number 2013-11.

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    Length: 30 pages
    Date of creation: Mar 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:gmf:wpaper:2013-11.
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