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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 4 No. 1 (January 2012)

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Partisan Grading

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Bar, Talia, and Asaf Zussman. 2012. "Partisan Grading." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4(1): 30-48.

DOI: 10.1257/app.4.1.30

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We study grading outcomes associated with professors in an elite university in the United States who were identified—using voter registration records from the county where the university is located—as either Republicans or Democrats. The evidence suggests that student grades are linked to the political orientation of professors. Relative to their Democratic colleagues, Republican professors are associated with a less egalitarian distribution of grades and with lower grades awarded to black students relative to whites. (JEL D72, I23, J15)

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Bar, Talia (Cornell U)
Zussman, Asaf (Hebrew U Jerusalem)

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D72: Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
I23: Higher Education and Research Institutions
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination

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