Better Luck Next Time: Learning Through Retaking

32 Pages Posted: 6 Feb 2014

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Kala Krishna

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

Sergey Lychagin

Central European University (CEU)

Verónica Frisancho

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Cemile Yavas

Independent Researcher

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Date Written: January 2014

Abstract

This paper provides some evidence that repeat taking of competitive exams may reduce the impact of background disadvantages on educational outcomes. Using administra- tive data on the university entrance exam in Turkey, the paper estimates cumulative learning between the first and the nth attempt while controlling for selection into re- taking in terms of observed and unobserved characteristics. Large learning gains mea- sured in terms of improvements in the exam scores are found, especially among less advantaged students.

JEL Classification: C13, C38, I23, I24

Suggested Citation

Krishna, Kala and Lychagin, Sergey and Frisancho, Veronica and Yavas, Cemile, Better Luck Next Time: Learning Through Retaking (January 2014). IDB Working Paper No. IDB-WP-483, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2391680 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2391680

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Cemile Yavas

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