Better luck next time: Learning through retaking

Veronica Frisancho, Kala Krishna, Sergey Lychagin, Cemile Yavas

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Abstract

In this paper we provide some evidence that repeat taking of competitive exams may reduce the impact of background disadvantages on educational outcomes. Using administrative data on the university entrance exam in Turkey we estimate cumulative learning between the first and the nth attempt while controlling for selection into retaking in terms of observed and unobserved characteristics. We find large learning gains measured in terms of improvements in the exam scores, especially among less advantaged students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-135
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Volume125
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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