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The Effects of Remedial Mathematics on the Learning of Economics: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Johan Lagerlof () and Andrew Seltzer ()

No 6895, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: This paper examines the effects of remedial mathematics on performance in university-level economics courses using a natural experiment. We study exam results prior and subsequent to the implementation of a remedial mathematics course that was compulsory for a sub-set of students and unavailable for the others, controlling for background variables. We find that, consistent with previous studies, the level of and performance in secondary-school mathematics have strong predictive power on students’ performance at university-level economics. However, we find relatively little evidence for a positive effect of remedial mathematics on student performance.

Keywords: differences-in-differences; quantile regressions; remedial mathematics; teaching of economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A22 I20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008-07
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