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Self-Perceptions about Academic Achievement: Evidence from Mexico City

Bobba, Matteo and Frisancho, Veronica (2020) Self-Perceptions about Academic Achievement: Evidence from Mexico City. Journal of Econometrics. (In Press)

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Abstract

A growing body of evidence suggests that people exhibit large biases whenprocessing information about themselves, but less is known about the under-lying inference process. This paper studies belief updating patterns regardingacademic ability in a large sample of students transitioning from middle to highschool in Mexico City. The analysis takes advantage of rich and longitudinal dataon subjective beliefs together with randomized feedback about individual perfor-mance on an achievement test. On average, the performance feedback reducesthe relative role of priors on posteriors and shifts substantial probability masstoward the signal. Further evidence reveals that males and high-socioeconomicstatus students tend to process new information on their own ability more effec-tively.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2020
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, Subjective expectations, Academic ability, Bayesianupdating, Overconfidence, Secondary education
JEL Classification: C93 - Field Experiments
D80 - General
D83 - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
D84 - Expectations; Speculations
I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2020 07:49
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2020 07:50
["eprint_fieldname_oai_identifier" not defined]: oai:tse-fr.eu:124356
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/35039

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