Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/114079
Authors: 
Gershenson, Seth
Holt, Stephen B.
Papageorge, Nicholas W.
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9202
Abstract: 
Teachers are an important source of information for traditionally disadvantaged students. However, little is known about how teachers form expectations and whether their expectations are systematically biased. We investigate whether student-teacher demographic mismatch affects high school teachers' expectations for students' educational attainment. Using a student fixed effects strategy that exploits expectations data from two teachers per student, we find that non-black teachers of black students have significantly lower expectations than do black teachers. These effects are larger for black male students and math teachers. Our findings add to a growing literature on the role of limited information in perpetuating educational attainment gaps.
Subjects: 
educational attainment
expectations
stigmatization
mismatch
JEL: 
I24
D84
J15
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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