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Immigrant Examination Behavior

Gil Epstein () and Shahar Sansani

No 12758, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: In this paper, we estimate differences in examination behavior between immigrants and natives, by examining differences in the propensity to forego a passing grade on a final exam in order to retake that final exam. Retaking a final exam involves some level of uncertainty, so differences in examination behavior may be due to differences in motivation, risk-taking, and discipline. We find that immigrants are about 2 percentage points more likely to retake a passed exam than natives. This represents a large difference given a baseline retake rate of about 6.5 percentage points.

Keywords: immigrant-native differences; examination behavior; uncertainty; motivation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 I23 D81 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 43 pages
Date: 2019-11
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-mig and nep-ore
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