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Title: Microeconometric evaluation of undergraduate students’ results a matching methodology application to a portuguese polytechnic
Author: Nunes, Alcina
Fernandes, Paula O.
Keywords: Matching
Propensity Score
Program evaluation
Average treatment effects
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Athens Institute for Education and Research
Citation: Nunes, Alcina; Fernandes, Paula O. (2007) - Microeconometric evaluation of undergraduate students’ results a matching methodology application to a portuguese polytechnic. In 2nd International Symposium on Economic Theory, Policy and Applications. Athens.
Abstract: During the academic years of 2004/05 and 2005/06 a new teaching methodology, inspired in the Bologna’s Treaty, was implemented in one of the nine undergraduate programmes offered by the School of Technology and Management of Bragança (Portugal). The aim was to increase the positive results for the students, concerning the acquisition of knowledge and skills. To expose one undergraduate programme to a treatment – this is the teaching methodology - without expose the others created the conditions to a process of microeconometric evaluation that aims to quantify the causal effect of the exposition to the treatment. Following the lessons of the evaluation literature, the present paper adopts a propensity score matching methodology choosing as the interest parameter the average treatment on the treated (ATT). To compare only what is comparable, the evaluation was carried out on those subjects that were common among all the undergraduate programmes, like mathematics or statistics, or subjects that were common among the undergraduate programmes in the management’s scientific area, like accounting or marketing. Results show a positive effect of the treatment on those students who had been exposed to the teaching philosophy in 2004/05. Indeed the treated students present a bigger percentage of positive results comparing with the non treated colleagues. However, the results in terms of the grades’ quality are less obvious. Even if the treated students achieve a positive grade, this grade is often smaller than the grade achieved by the colleagues. Results for 2005/06 are not so clear.
Peer review: yes
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