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Discrimination against students with foreign backgrounds: evidence from grading in Swedish public high schools

Björn Tyrefors, Erik H�glin and Magnus Johannesson ()

Education Economics, 2015, vol. 23, issue 6, 660-676

Abstract: We rigorously test for discrimination against students with foreign backgrounds in high school grading in Sweden. We analyse a random sample of national tests in the Swedish language graded both non-blindly by the student's own teacher and blindly without any identifying information. The increase in the test score due to non-blind grading is significantly higher for students with a Swedish background. This discrimination effect is sizeable, about 10% of the mean or 20% of the standard deviation of the blind test score.

Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2014.899562

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