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Which factors determine academic performance of Economics freshers? Some Spanish evidence

  • Juan J. Dolado

    (Universidad Carlos III & CEPR & IZA)

  • Eduardo Morales

    (Harvard University)

This paper analyses the impact of several factors potentially affecting academic performance of first-year undergraduates (freshers) in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid during 2002-2005. Outcomes are the grades obtained in three core subjects which differ substantially in their requirements of math skills. Our main finding is that those students who completed a technical track at high school tend to perform much better in math-intensive subjects than those who followed a social sciences track and that the latter do not perform better in subjects where prior training in economics is bound to be helpful.

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Volume (Year): 33 (2009)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 179-210

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Handle: RePEc:iec:inveco:v:33:y:2009:i:2:p:179-210
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