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Ethnic Discrimination in High School Grading: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Björn Tyrefors, Erik Höglin () and Magnus Johannesson ()
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Erik Höglin: Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Postal: Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Box 3273, SE-103 65 Stockholm, Sweden

No 733, SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance from Stockholm School of Economics

Abstract: We rigorously test for ethnic discrimination in high school grading in Sweden. A random sample of the national tests in the Swedish language is graded both non-blind by the student’s own teacher and blind without any identifying information. The increase in the test score due to non-blind grading is significantly higher for students with Swedish background compared to students with foreign background. This discrimination effect is sizeable, and explains the entire difference in test scores between students with Swedish and foreign background.

Keywords: Discrimination; Field experiments; Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 I20 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 25 pages
Date: 2011-01-18, Revised 2011-06-27
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