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Gender Differences in Academic Performance in a Large Public University in Turkey

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  • Meltem Dayioglu

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    (Department of Economics, METU)

  • Serap Türüt-Asik

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    (Department of Economics, METU)

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    The paper attempts to determine whether there are significant gender differences in academic performance among undergraduate students in a large public university in Turkey based on three indicators; university entrance scores, performance in the English preparatory school and in the program the student is majoring in. The paper finds that a smaller number of female students manage to enter the university and when they do so, they enter with lower scores. However, once they are admitted to the university, they excel in their studies and outperform their male counterparts. This result holds after controlling for the field of study and individual attributes.

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    Paper provided by ERC - Economic Research Center, Middle East Technical University in its series ERC Working Papers with number 0417.

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    Length: 36 pages
    Date of creation: Dec 2004
    Date of revision: Dec 2004
    Handle: RePEc:met:wpaper:0417

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    Keywords: Academic achievement; undergraduate students; gender disparity; Turkey;

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    1. Polachek, Solomon William, 1981. "Occupational Self-Selection: A Human Capital Approach to Sex Differences in Occupational Structure," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 63(1), pages 60-69, February.
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