Differential Performance in High vs. Low Stakes Tests: Evidence from the GRE Test

57 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2019

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Analia Schlosser

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics

Zvika Neeman

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics

Yigal Attali

Independent

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Date Written: 2019

Abstract

We study how different demographic groups respond to incentives by comparing their performance in “high” and “low” stakes situations. The high stakes situation is the GRE examination and the low stakes situation is a voluntary experimental section of the GRE. We find that Males exhibit a larger drop in performance between the high and low stakes examinations than females, and Whites exhibit a larger drop in performance compared to minorities. Differences between high and low stakes tests are partly explained by the fact that males and whites exert lower effort in low stakes tests compared to females and minorities.

Keywords: high stakes, low stakes, GRE, incentives, experiment, performance, gender gap, race gap

JEL Classification: C930, I230, I240, J150, J160, J240

Suggested Citation

Schlosser, Analia and Neeman, Zvika and Attali, Yigal, Differential Performance in High vs. Low Stakes Tests: Evidence from the GRE Test (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7590. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3374582

Analia Schlosser (Contact Author)

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 39040
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, 69978
Israel

Zvika Neeman

Tel Aviv University - Eitan Berglas School of Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 39040
Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, 69978
Israel

Yigal Attali

Independent ( email )

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