31 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2007
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: remedial mathematics, teaching of economics, difference-in-differences, heterogeneous treatment effects, quantile regressions
JEL Classification: A22, I20
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Lagerlöf, Johan N. M. and Seltzer, Andrew, The Effects of Remedial Mathematics on the Learning of Economics: A Natural Experiment (January 12, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1004458 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1004458