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Relative Performance Information Feedback and Just-Pass Behavior: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Shinya Kajitani (), Keiichi Morimoto () and Shiba Suzuki ()
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Shinya Kajitani: Meisei University

No 36, Discussion Papers from Meisei University, School of Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the relationship between the feedback of performance information and effort input by students under a relative grading scheme. By conducting a randomized experiment in an economics course at a Japanese university, we demonstrate that relative performance information feedback improves the performance of students with only intermediate scores in the midterm examination, but worsens the performance of high-scoring students. A theoretical interpretation suggests that a decrease in uncertainty in the relative ability of students is responsible, which we refer to as "just-pass" behavior.

Keywords: education; experiment; relative performance information feedback; tournaments (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D03 D81 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-04
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