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ERIC Number: EJ1015443
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-166X
Peers, Pressure, and Performance at the National Spelling Bee
Smith, Jonathan
Journal of Human Resources, v48 n2 p265-285 Spr 2013
This paper investigates how individuals' performances of a cognitive task in a high-pressure competition are affected by their peers' performances. To do so, I use novel data from the National Spelling Bee, in which students attempt to spell words correctly in a tournament setting. Across OLS and instrumental variables approaches, I find that when the immediate predecessor is correct, a speller has a 13 to 64 percent greater probability of making a mistake, relative to the predecessor being incorrect. There is no evidence that the effect differs by gender and marginal evidence that it differs by experience. (Contains 10 tables and 20 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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