nep-mkt New Economics Papers
on Marketing
Issue of 2006‒07‒09
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Plus/Minus Grading and Motivation: An Empirical Study of Student Choice and Performance. By James E. McClure; Lee C. Spector
  2. Tour operators' price strategie in the Balearic Islands By Joaquín Alegre; Maria Sard

  1. By: James E. McClure (Department of Economics, Ball State University); Lee C. Spector (Department of Economics, Ball State University)
    Abstract: This paper considers whether student motivation might be impacted by the replacement of a straight (A, B, C, D, F) grading system with a plus/minus system (A, A-, B+ . . . D-, F). The data that are examined are from several undergraduate economics classes at a mid-sized Midwestern university in the United States. The data includes student characteristics, student performance, and students' choices of either a plus/minus or a straight grading system. In this admittedly small scale study students, who chose plus/minus grading, were not significantly more motivated than students who opted for straight grading.
    Keywords: Student Motivation, Plus/Minus grading, undergraduate education
    Date: 2004–01
  2. By: Joaquín Alegre (Universitat de les Illes Balears); Maria Sard (Universitat de les Illes Balears)
    Abstract: In this paper we analyse the package tours prices from a sample of British and German tour operators. The offers correspond to one-week tourist packages in the Balearic Islands in a specific hotel establishment. The period studied comprises the 2002 and 2003 high seasons, what provides us with a dynamic perspective. The paper shows the existence of persistent differences in the mean prices from tour operators, as well as price distributions with different dispersion and shape among tour operators and markets. The time variation of these distributions seems to be linked to the market situation and structure. Although the paper is presented as an empirical investigation, the results can be interpreted in the context of theoretical literature on price dispersion.
    Keywords: price dispersion, tour operators’ industry
    JEL: L11 L83
    Date: 2006–06

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