Differences in Student Evaluations of Principles and Non-Principles Economics Courses and the Allocation of Faculty Across These Courses

33 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2007

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James F. Ragan

Kansas State University - Department of Economics

Bhavneet Walia

Kansas State University - Department of Economics

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

We analyze 19 semesters of student evaluations at Kansas State University. Faculty fixed effects are sizable and indicate that, as assessed by students, the best principles teachers also tend to be the best non-principles teachers. OLS estimates are biased because principles teachers are drawn from the top of the distribution and because unmeasured faculty characteristics are correlated with such variables as the response rate and student effort. Student ratings are lowest for new faculty but stabilize quickly. Expected GPA of the class is not an important determinant of student ratings, but equitable grading is; and the rewards for equitable grading appear larger for principles classes. The lower ratings in principles classes are fully accounted for by greater class size.

JEL Classification: A22

Suggested Citation

Ragan, James F. and Walia, Bhavneet, Differences in Student Evaluations of Principles and Non-Principles Economics Courses and the Allocation of Faculty Across These Courses (November 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1050541 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1050541

James F. Ragan (Contact Author)

Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Manhattan, KS 66502-4001
United States

Bhavneet Walia

Kansas State University - Department of Economics ( email )

Manhattan, KS 66502-4001
United States

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