Immigrant Examination Behavior

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Gil S. Epstein

Bar-Ilan University - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Shahar Sansani

College of Management (Israel)

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Date Written: June 2019

Abstract

In this paper, we estimate differences in examination behavior between immigrants and natives, by examining differences in the propensity to forego a passing grade on a final exam in order to retake that final exam. Retaking a final exam involves some level of uncertainty, so differences in examination behavior may be due to differences in motivation, risk-taking, and discipline. We find that immigrants are about 2 percentage points more likely to retake a passed exam than natives. This represents a large difference given a baseline retake rate of about 6.5 percentage points.

Keywords: Immigrant-Native Differences, Examination Behavior, Uncertainty, Motivation

JEL Classification: J15, I23, D81

Suggested Citation

Epstein, Gil S. and Sansani, Shahar, Immigrant Examination Behavior (June 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3481625 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3481625

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