ERIC Number: EJ918734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
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High Scores but Low Skills
Liu, Liqun; Neilson, William S.
Economics of Education Review, v30 n3 p507-516 Jun 2011
In this paper college admissions are based on test scores and students can exert two types of effort: real learning and exam preparation. The former improves skills but the latter is more effective in raising test scores. In this setting the students with the lowest skills are no longer the ones with the lowest aptitude, but instead are the ones closest to the borderline for college admission. Increased access to college leads to greater income inequality between college graduates and non-graduates. Overall, the ability to study for the test leads to higher expected test scores but lower skills.
Descriptors: College Admission, Scores, Skills, Test Preparation, Access to Education, College Graduates, Income
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A