The Effects of Remedial Mathematics on the Learning of Economics: A Natural Experiment
Johan N. M. Lagerlöf
University of Copenhagen - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
University of London, Royal Holloway College - Department of Economics
January 12, 2008
This paper examines the effects of remedial mathematics on performance in university-level economics courses using a natural experiment. We study exam results prior and subsequent to the implementation of a remedial mathematics course that was compulsory for a sub-set of students and unavailable for the others, controlling for background variables. We find that, consistent with previous studies, the level of and performance in secondary-school mathematics has strong predictive power on students' performance at university-level economics. However, the evidence for a positive effect of remedial mathematics on student performance is relatively weak and is limited to a few sub-groups of students.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 31
Keywords: remedial mathematics, teaching of economics, difference-in-differences, heterogeneous treatment effects, quantile regressions
JEL Classification: A22, I20
Date posted: August 2, 2007
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