Double Standards in Educational Standards - Are Disadvantaged Students Being Graded More Leniently?


Himmler, Oliver ; Schwager, Robert


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/1496
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-14965
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2007
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 370 Education
Classification: JEL: J15 I21 ,
Subject headings (SWD): Sozialstatus , Bildungsabschluss , Bildungsstandard , Niederlande , Hochschulabschluss
Keywords (English): education , grading , social status , schools , Netherlands
Abstract: A simple model of decentralised graduation standards is presented. It is shown that a school whose students are disadvantaged on the labour market applies less demanding standards because such students have less incentives to graduate. The model's predictions are tested using Dutch school-level data. Since students in the Netherlands have to participate both in a central and in a school specific examination, we can identify the grading policy of individual schools. We find that schools which harbour greater shares of disadvantaged students tend to set lower standards. This effect is largest in the branch of secondary schooling preparing for university.
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