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Blissful ignorance?: a natural experiment on the effect of feedback on students' performance

Bandiera, Oriana and Larcinese, Valentino and Rasul, Imran (2015) Blissful ignorance?: a natural experiment on the effect of feedback on students' performance. Labour Economics, 34. pp. 13-25. ISSN 0927-5371

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.labeco.2015.02.002

Abstract

We provide evidence on whether providing university students with feedback on their past exam performance affects their future exam performance. Our identification strategy exploits a natural experiment in a leading UK university where different departments have historically different rules on the provision of feedback to their students. We find that the provision of feedback has a positive effect on students' subsequent test scores: the mean impact corresponds to 13% of a standard deviation in test scores. The impact of feedback is stronger for more able students and for students who have less information to start with about the academic environment, while no subset of individuals is found to be discouraged by feedback. Our findings suggest that students have imperfect information on how their effort translates into test scores and that the provision of feedback might be a cost-effective means to increase students' exam performance.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/09275...
Additional Information: © 2015 Elsevier B.V.
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Departments > Economics
Departments > Government
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 08:42
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2016 23:00
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61690

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