Ordering history through the timeline / Eugenio Garibaldi (Bocconi University and Garycom s.r.l.s.), Pietro Garibaldi (Collegio Carlo Alberto, University of Torino and IZA) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics
VerfasserGaribaldi, Eugenio ; Garibaldi, Pietro In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
KörperschaftForschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
ErschienenBonn, Germany : IZA Institute of Labor Economics, December 2017
Elektronische Ressource
Umfang1 Online-Ressource (18 Seiten) : Diagramme
SerieDiscussion paper ; no. 11202
URNurn:nbn:de:hbz:5:2-145882 Persistent Identifier (URN)
 Das Dokument ist frei verfügbar.
Ordering history through the timeline [0.51 mb]
Verfügbarkeit In meiner Bibliothek

History is a key subject in most educational system in Western countries, and there is ongoing concern about the the degree of historical knowledge and historical sensibility that students obtain after their high school graduation. This paper proposes a simple linetime test for quantitatively measuring a human sense of history. The paper reports the results of the test administered to approximately 250 Italian university students. There are two empirical results. First, students have remarkable difficulties in ordering basic events over the time line, with the largest mistakes observed around the events that took place in the Middle Age. Second, the paper uncovers a statistical regularity in the test performance across gender, with female subjects featuring a statistical significant and quantitatively sizable downward score. The gender difference is surprising, since existing literature on differences in cognitive abilities across gender suggests that female subjects outperform male subjects in memory related tests. The paper shows also that the gender difference survives to a variety of sub periods, and falls by only 20 percent when we distinguish between violent and non violent events.