Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance,
Stockholm School of Economics

No 733: Ethnic Discrimination in High School Grading: Evidence from a Field Experiment

Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich (), Erik Höglin () and Magnus Johannesson ()
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Björn Tyrefors Hinnerich: Stockholm University, Postal: Department of Economics, Stockholm University, SE-106 91 Stockholm, Sweden
Erik Höglin: Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Postal: Swedish Fiscal Policy Council, Box 3273, SE-103 65 Stockholm, Sweden
Magnus Johannesson: Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics, Postal: Stockholm School of Economics, P.O. Box 6501, SE-113 83 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: We rigorously test for ethnic discrimination in high school grading in Sweden. A random sample of the national tests in the Swedish language is graded both non-blind by the student’s own teacher and blind without any identifying information. The increase in the test score due to non-blind grading is significantly higher for students with Swedish background compared to students with foreign background. This discrimination effect is sizeable, and explains the entire difference in test scores between students with Swedish and foreign background.

Keywords: Discrimination; Field experiments; Education

JEL-codes: C93; I20; J15

25 pages, First version: January 18, 2011. Revised: June 27, 2011. Earlier revisions: January 19, 2011.

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