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Confidentially is Not Enough: Framing Effects in Student Evaluation of Economics Teaching


  • Kieron J. Meagher

    () (School of Economics, University of New South Wales)


Contrary to previous research we show lack of anonymity is associated with large positive shifts in student evaluation of teaching. The results are consistent with the simple observation that due to higher expected future earning economics and business students have more at stake it terms of potential retaliation by an instructor. Our analysis is based on both a comparison of distributions and ordered probit multi-variate regression. These methods overcome the statistical problems associated with previous studies which looked at differences in means for ordinal responses.

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  • Kieron J. Meagher, 2007. "Confidentially is Not Enough: Framing Effects in Student Evaluation of Economics Teaching," Discussion Papers 2007-14, School of Economics, The University of New South Wales.
  • Handle: RePEc:swe:wpaper:2007-14

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    1. Siegfried, John J & White, Kenneth J, 1973. "Financial Rewards to Research and Teaching: A Case Study of Academic Economists," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 63(2), pages 309-315, May.
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    Evaluation; Bias; Survey design; Teaching economics;

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    • A20 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - General
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate
    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access


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