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Better Luck Next Time: Learning through Retaking

  • Kala Krishna
  • Sergey Lychagin
  • Cemile Yavas
  • Veronica Frisancho

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This paper provides some evidence that repeat taking of competitive exams may reduce the impact of background disadvantages on educational outcomes. Using administra- tive data on the university entrance exam in Turkey, the paper estimates cumulative learning between the first and the nth attempt while controlling for selection into re- taking in terms of observed and unobserved characteristics. Large learning gains mea- sured in terms of improvements in the exam scores are found, especially among less advantaged students.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number IDB-WP-483.

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