Partisan grading

Talia Bar*, Asaf Zussman

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)30-48
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


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