What's in a Name? Does Racial or Gender Discrimination in Marking Exist?
Shyamal Chowdhury (),
Ilya Klauzner and
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Shyamal Chowdhury: University of Sydney
Ilya Klauzner: Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research
Robert Slonim: University of Sydney
No 13890, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
We study whether racial or gender discrimination in marking exists at universities by conducting an experiment at a major Australian university where we randomly assigned names indicative of White, Chinese or Adopter identities (comprised of a White first name and Chinese surname) and male or female gender to real exam coversheets and recruited university graders to mark these exams. We find that the most economically-significant evidence of discrimination is found at grade thresholds. Exam scripts with Chinese and Adopter names are less likely than White names to receive a mark just above a grade threshold. Conversely, scripts with Chinese names receive a small marking bonus on average compared to the same script with a White name. Discrimination at grade thresholds is found to be more consistent with taste-based discrimination, whereas discrimination at the average is more consistent with statistical discrimination.
Keywords: racial discrimination; experiment; marking (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C93 J15 J64 J71 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 49 pages
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