The Impact of Penalties for Wrong Answers on the Gender Gap in Test Scores


Multiple-choice exams play a critical role in university admissions across the world. A key question is whether imposing penalties for wrong answers on these exams deters guessing from women more than men, disadvantaging female test-takers. We consider data from a large-scale, high-stakes policy change that removed penalties for wrong answers on the national college entry exam in Chile. We find that the policy change significantly reduced a large gender gap in questions skipped. It also reduced gender gaps in performance, leading to increased representation of women in the top percentiles of achievement.

Información adicional

  • Presentador: David Klinowski
  • Proveniente: Universidad de Santiago y CESS-Santiago
  • Fecha: Miércoles, 21 Noviembre 2018
  • Hora: 12 hs.
  • Lugar: Sala R3, Edificio Recicla