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15.04.14

Study reveals gender bias in law students’ grades

Christian Traxler is author of a study that shows that male and female law students in Germany are graded differently.

Christian Traxler is author of a study that shows that male and female law students in Germany are graded differently. Even after controlling for final school leaving grades as well as prior grades in the written law exams, females obtain grades that are 10 percent lower than those of their male colleagues. Similar patterns are observed for students with a foreign sounding name.

The study by Christian Traxler (Hertie School), Emanuel Towfigh (Max-Planck-Institut zur Erforschung von Gemeinschaftsgütern), and Andreas Glöckner (University of Göttingen) appeared in "Zeitschrift für Didaktik der Rechtswissenschaft" and is available for download on the publisher's website (Nomos Verlag).

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