2006-03-03Buch DOI: 10.18452/3949
Cheap Talk in the Classroom
In this paper, I offer a theoretical explanation of the robust gender differences in educational achievement distributions of school children. I consider a one shot cheap talk game with two different types of senders (biased teachers and fair teachers), two types of receivers("normal" and "special" pupils) and uncertainty about the sender typeon the side of the receiver. I demonstrate that the group of pupilswho, in expectation, get either too much or too little encouragementwill have less top achievers and a lower average achievement than thegroup of pupils who get a more accurate feedback message, even if theprior talent distribution is the same for both groups of pupils.
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