When Product Ratings Are a Problem

The worst summer in 20 years, movie box office revenue from May to Labor Day in 2017 was 15% less than the same dates last year. The reason could be lower film quality. Or it could be Netflix and Amazon.…

Why Grade Inflation is a Problem

With many more students getting A’s, we could have a grade inflation bubble that, like price inflation, creates distorted information and incentives.

Why Grade Inflation Might Be Here to Stay

Like price inflation grade inflation has causes and consequences that affect student, instructor and administrations incentives.

Problems With Grade Deflation

The number of hours we study is down and our grades are up. Between 1961 and 2003, full time college students diminished their study time from 40 to 27 hours a week. And yet, they have been getting higher grades.…

Grade Bubbles

At the University of North Carolina (UNC), the average G.P.A. was 2.49 in 1967 and 3.21 in 2008. Are we 25% smarter? In a 2003 Washington Post article, one of the nation’s grade inflation experts, Stuart Rojstaczer, then a Duke…