Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Economics and Finance
Ben Blau (Committee Chair)
Professors at a university plausibly have an incentive to give higher grades to students, and these higher grades will be reflected in student evaluations, which are used to assess teaching quality, which could have career impacts. This paper takes advantage of a policy shift at the business school at Utah State University that introduced suggested caps on the average course grades that teachers gave. This allowed instrumental variable analysis to correct for bias in OLS estimations of these impacts. The correlation between grades and students' evaluations of teachers was found to be positive suggesting that student evaluations of teachers are biased by the grades that teachers give, making them less useful as a guiding metric.
Johnson, Gavin, "Exploiting a Grading Policy Shift as an Instrument to Estimate Impact of Grading on Teacher Evaluations" (2021). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 1539.
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