Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/62414
Authors: 
Bertoni, Marco
Brunello, Giorgio
Rocco, Lorenzo
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6629
Abstract: 
We use a natural experiment to show that the presence of an external examiner in standardized school tests reduces the proportion of correct answers in monitored classes by 5.5 to 8.5% - depending on the grade and the test - with respect to classes in schools with no external monitor. We find that the effect of external monitoring in a class spills over to other classes in the same school. We argue that the negative effect of external supervision is due to reduced cheating (by students and/or teachers) rather than to distraction from having a stranger in the class.
Subjects: 
education
testing
external monitoring
JEL: 
C31
H52
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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