Gender Gap in Multiple Choice and Free Response questions: an empirical analysis using PISA data

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The presenter Silvia Griselda explores the performance of boys and girls in Multiple Choice and Free Response questions. Nowadays access to higher education is often regulated by standardized tests (SATS, GRE, GMAT), which often employ only, or in majority multiple-choice items, due to their greater scalability and efficiency. Nevertheless, tests based on Multiple Choice questions may provide biased assessment of students underlying skills, when they favor the answering strategies of particular individuals. Using data from the PISA dataset, international assessment for 15 years old students in more than 60 different OECD countries, she finds that boys perform better in Multiple Choice items, while girls have an advantage in Free Response ones. Her research aims to shed light behind the mechanisms for these results.

Presenter: Silvia Griselda. Silvia is a final year PhD student in Economics. Her research lies in the intersection between the economics of education and gender. In particular, she analyses the main determinant of gender gap in educational outcomes, and which strategy could help resolve them.