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The impacts of the Free Semester program on students’ exam nervousness

Yoosik Shin

Economics & Human Biology, 2022, vol. 44, issue C

Abstract: I examine the impacts of the Free Semester (FS) program, which is an exam-free semester for middle school students in South Korea, on students’ level of exam nervousness. I use a difference-in-differences approach that exploits the variation in FS-implementation across middle schools to estimate these impacts. I find that the FS program has statistically significant impacts on relieving exam nervousness during the semester in which it is run. In contrast, I find no statistically significant average medium-run impacts of the program. My subgroup analyses suggest that the reduction in exam nervousness during the FS is driven largely by high-achieving students.

Keywords: Free Semester; Exam nervousness; Educational economics; South Korea (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ehb.2021.101079

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