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Minimum Grade Requirements for Economics Majors: Effects on Enrollments and Student Learning

Stephen Schmidt

AEA Papers and Proceedings, 2021, vol. 111, 107-11

Abstract: This paper studies one college's policy requiring minimum grades in core courses for completion of the economics major. The policy reduced majors by approximately 6 percent. Grades of C- and D (requiring students to retake the course) dropped substantially, while grades of C (the minimum acceptable grade) did not change, and grades from C+ to B rose. Difference-in-difference analysis suggests that the policy caused the grade shift. Because C grades did not change and grades as high as B increased, I conclude that the policy caused increased effort by students who were below and somewhat above the performance standard.

JEL-codes: A22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1257/pandp.20211046

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