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Better Luck Next Time: Learning through Retaking


CODE: IDB-WP-483
AUTHOR(s): Frisancho, Veronica , Krishna, Kala , Lychagin, Sergey , Yavas, Cemile
PUBLISHED: January 2014
LANGUAGE: English
RELATED TOPICS: Poverty Reduction and Labor
DOWNLOAD FILE IN: English

Abstract:

This paper provides 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, the paper estimates cumulative learning between the first and the nth attempt while controlling for selection into retaking 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.

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