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Examination rules and student effort

Jochen Michaelis and Benjamin Schwanebeck ()

Economics Letters, 2016, vol. 145, issue C, 65-68

Abstract: This paper contributes to the economics of examination rules. We show how rational students reallocate their learning effort as a response to a charge for the second attempt (resit), a resit mark cap, a variation of the time span between two attempts, and a malus points account. The effort maximizing rule is the malus account, a resit charge delivers the highest overall passing probability.

Keywords: Student performance; Resits; Examination rules; Standard setting; Higher education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D81 I21 I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2016.05.019

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