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Title:Are boys discriminated in Swedish high schools? PDF Logo
Authors:Tyrefors Hinnerich, Björn
Höglin, Erik
Johannesson, Magnus
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Working paper // IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation 2010:14
Abstract:Girls typically have higher grades than boys in school and recent research suggests that part of this gender difference may be due to discrimination of boys. We rigorously test this in a field experiment where a random sample of the same tests in the Swedish language is subject to blind and non-blind grading. The non-blind test score is on average 15 % lower for boys than for girls. Blind grading lowers the average grades with 13 %, indicating that personal ties and/or grade inflation are important in non-blind grading. But we find no evidence of discrimination against boys. The point estimate of the discrimination effect is close to zero with a 95 % confidence interval of ±4.5 % of the average non-blind grade.
Subjects:discrimination, field experiments
grading
education
gender
JEL:C93
I20
J16
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Working Papers, IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

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