Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25102
Authors: 
Mechtenberg, Lydia
Strausz, Roland
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
SFB 649 discussion paper 2006,019
Abstract: 
In this paper, I offer a theoretical explanation of the robust gender differences in educational achievement distributions of school children. I consider a shot cheap talk game with two different types of senders (biased teachers and fair teachers), two types of receivers (normal and special pupils) and uncertainty about the sender type on the side of the receiver. I demonstrate that the group of pupils who, in expectation, get either too much or too little encouragement will have less top achievers and a lower average achievement than the group of pupils who get a more accurate feedback message, even if the prior talent distribution is the same for both groups of pupils.
Subjects: 
Cheap talk
Education
Discrimination
Gender
JEL: 
D82
I21
J16
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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