Better Luck Next Time: Learning Through Retaking

34 Pages Posted: 23 Nov 2013 Last revised: 25 Mar 2021

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Verónica Frisancho

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Kala Krishna

Pennsylvania State University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Sergey Lychagin

Central European University (CEU)

Cemile Sahin

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

In this paper we provide some evidence that repeat taking of competitive exams may reduce the impact of background disadvantages on educational outcomes. Using administrative data on the university entrance exam in Turkey we estimate cumulative learning between the first and the nth attempt while controlling for selection into retaking in terms of observed and unobserved characteristics. We find large learning gains measured in terms of improvements in the exam scores, especially among less advantaged students.

Suggested Citation

Frisancho, Veronica and Krishna, Kala and Lychagin, Sergey and Sahin, Cemile, Better Luck Next Time: Learning Through Retaking (November 2013). NBER Working Paper No. w19663, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2358755

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Cemile Sahin

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