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Discrimination against students with foreign backgrounds: evidence from grading in Swedish public high schools
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)In: Education Economics, ISSN 0964-5292, E-ISSN 1469-5782, Vol. 23, no 6, 660-676 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We rigorously test for discrimination against students with foreign backgrounds in high school grading in Sweden. We analyse a random sample of national tests in the Swedish language graded both non-blindly by the student's own teacher and blindly without any identifying information. The increase in the test score due to non-blind grading is significantly higher for students with a Swedish background. This discrimination effect is sizeable, about 10% of the mean or 20% of the standard deviation of the blind test score.

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2015. Vol. 23, no 6, 660-676 p.
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discrimination, education, grading, teacher bias
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-125554DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2014.899562ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84943197658OAI: diva2:893917
Available from: 2016-01-13 Created: 2016-01-13 Last updated: 2016-01-14Bibliographically approved

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