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Gender gaps in low and high-stakes assessments

Fabiana Rocha (), Paula Pereda (), Maria Dolores Diaz, Gabriel Facundes Monteiro (), Luiza Karpavicius (), Liz Matsunaga (), Bruna Borges () and Clara Brenck ()

No 2022_14, Working Papers, Department of Economics from University of São Paulo (FEA-USP)

Abstract: A comprehensive body of literature suggests that women do not perform as well as men in competitive settings. In this paper, we use individual-level administrative data to investigate if women and men respond differently to exam stakes in Brazil. We compare performances of students at the University of São Paulo in undergraduate Economics courses (low stakes) and in the national admission exam to Economics graduate programs (high stakes). We find evidence that women outperform men in undergraduate disciplines but underperform on the graduate admission exam. Our study indicates that there are indeed gender differences in low and high-stakes evaluations.

Keywords: Gender; High-stakes assessments; Graduate admissions; Higher education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J16 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-06-02
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