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Better Luck Next Time: Learning Through Retaking

Verónica Frisancho, Kala Krishna, Sergey Lychagin, Cemile Yavas

NBER Working Paper No. 19663
Issued in November 2013
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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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w19663

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