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Examination Rules and Student Effort

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  • Jochen Michaelis

    () (University of Kassel)

  • Benjamin Schwanebeck

    () (University of Kassel)

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This paper contributes to the economics of examination rules. We show how rational students reallocate their learning effort as a response to a charge for the second exam attempt, a cap on the maximum resit mark, an adjustment of the passing standard, a variation of the time span between two attempts, a minimum requirement to qualify for the second attempt, and a malus points account. The effort maximizing rule is the malus account, a charge for the second attempt delivers the highest overall passing probability.

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  • Jochen Michaelis & Benjamin Schwanebeck, 2016. "Examination Rules and Student Effort," MAGKS Papers on Economics 201604, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Faculty of Business Administration and Economics, Department of Economics (Volkswirtschaftliche Abteilung).
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    1. Michaelis, Jochen & Schwanebeck, Benjamin, 2016. "Examination rules and student effort," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 145(C), pages 65-68.
    2. Adrian Chadi & Marco de Pinto & Gabriel Schultze, 2017. "Young, Gifted and Lazy? The Role of Ability and Labor Market Prospects in Student Effort Decisions," IAAEU Discussion Papers 201705, Institute of Labour Law and Industrial Relations in the European Union (IAAEU).

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    Keywords

    student performance; resits; examination rules; standard setting; higher education;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty

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