Ask and You Shall Receive? Gender Differences in Regrades in College
Cher Hsuehhsiang Li
- American Economic Journal: Economic Policy (Forthcoming)
Using administrative data from a large public university, we show
that male students are 18.6% more likely than female students to
receive favorable grade changes made by instructors. Surveys of
students and instructors reveal that regrade requests are prevalent,
and that male students are more likely to ask for regrades on the
intensive margin. We corroborate the gender differences in regrade requests in an incentivized controlled experiment: we find
that males have a higher willingness to pay to ask for regrades.
Almost a third of the gender difference is due to gender differences
in beliefs and the Big Five traits.
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