Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58979
Authors: 
Di Pietro, Giorgio
Year of Publication: 
2012
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6358
Abstract: 
Whilst in the US there is a growing debate about the effectiveness of remedial university courses, this issue is less questioned in the UK. Using a regression discontinuity approach and data from a large School of a post-1992 UK university, we estimate the effect of remediation on student outcomes. We find no evidence that attending a math remedial program improves student performance in the first year. This finding is consistent and complements that of a recent study by Lagerlöf and Seltzer (2009), which is based on data from a pre-1992 UK university. Taken together, these results may call for a review of the remediation policy offered at university level in the UK.
Subjects: 
regression discontinuity design
remedial mathematics
student performance
JEL: 
A22
I20
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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