This Website uses cookies. By using this website you are agreeing to our use of cookies and to the terms and conditions listed in our data protection policy. Read more

Labour Economics

Grading Bias and the Leaky Pipeline in Economics: Evidence from Stockholm University

Journal Article
Reference
Jansson, Joakim and Björn Tyrefors (forthcoming). “Grading Bias and the Leaky Pipeline in Economics: Evidence from Stockholm University”. Labour Economics. doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2022.102212

Authors
Joakim Jansson, Björn Tyrefors

We estimate a substantial female grade gain when being graded anonymously compared to male students in 101-macroeconomics courses. Females graded anonymously are more likely to continue with economics studies. This suggests that biased grading is a direct cause of the “leaky pipeline” phenomenon in economics. As male graders are the majority, we complement our analysis and evaluate the importance of same-sex bias using random assignment of graders. Although, we estimate a substantial same-sex bias before anonymous exams were introduced, it cannot explain the overall effect of grading bias. Thus, same-sex bias is not the mechanism explaining the overall effect of grading bias.