The Economics Network

Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

The effectiveness of remedial education – addressing enhancement in student performance and retention in a post-1992 university

An Economics Network funded project, 2010-11

Institution: Westminster Business School
Project leader: Dr. Giorgio Di Pietro

The aim of this project is to employ a regression discontinuity (RD) design in an attempt to analyze the effectiveness of a math remedial course offered by a post-1992 university. The advantage of this technique is that it allows us to account for selection into remedial education. Participation in remedial courses is likely to be related to unobserved characteristics that tend to have a detrimental effect on educational outcomes. Hence the RD approach enables us to disentangle the effect of the course from the effect of these unobserved characteristics.