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Degree performance of Economics students in UK universities: absolute and relative performance in prior qualifications

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  • Robin Naylor
  • Jeremy Smith

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We exploit individual-level data on full cohorts of UK university leavers who were enrolled for an Economics degree during the period 1984-85 to 1992-93 or the academic year 1997-98. We analyse the determinants of degree performance and find that performance depends not only on prior qualifications as measured by A-level scores, for example, but also on the individual student's ranking (based on their A-level scores) within their cohort at their university. The students' performance is also enhanced by having previously studied mathematics, although there is no benefit from the prior study of Economics. We find that attendance at an Independent school has a negative effect on degree performance, and that there are comparatively few social class background effects. Females are more likely than males to obtain a good degree. Copyright (c) Scottish Economic Society 2004.

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  • Robin Naylor & Jeremy Smith, 2004. "Degree performance of Economics students in UK universities: absolute and relative performance in prior qualifications," Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Scottish Economic Society, vol. 51(2), pages 250-265, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:scotjp:v:51:y:2004:i:2:p:250-265
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    1. Philip Wales, 2013. "Access All Areas? The Impact of Fees and Background on Student Demand for Postgraduate Higher Education in the UK," SERC Discussion Papers 0128, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
    2. Francis Green & Stephen Machin & Richard Murphy & Yu Zhu, 2012. "The Changing Economic Advantage from Private Schools," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 79(316), pages 658-679, October.
    3. Carolina Castagnetti & Luisa Rosti, 2010. "The Gender Gap in Academic Achievements of Italian Graduates," Quaderni di Dipartimento 118, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods.
    4. Wales, Philip, 2013. "Access all areas? The impact of fees and background on student demand for postgraduate higher education in the UK," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 57846, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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