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Determinants in University Desertion and Graduation: An Application using Duration Models


  • Paula Giovagnoli

    (Centro de Estudios Distributivos, Laborales y Sociales (CEDLAS), Departamento de Economía, Universidad Nacional de La Plata)


This study examines the issue of student departure from a public university. Non-parametric proportional hazard models are used to estimate the quantitative and qualitative effects of the students’ personal and socioeconomic characteristics on the probability of their dropping out or graduating. Data include a cohort of students who started studying accounting at the National University of Rosario, Argentina, in 1991. The results are useful to evaluate and design public policies in the educational sector.

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  • Paula Giovagnoli, 2005. "Determinants in University Desertion and Graduation: An Application using Duration Models," Económica, Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, vol. 0(1-2), pages 59-90, January-D.
  • Handle: RePEc:lap:journl:543

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    1. Rossella Iraci Capuccinello, 2014. "Determinants and timing of dropping out decisions: evidence from the UK FE sector," Working Papers 15742191, Lancaster University Management School, Economics Department.

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    University students; drop out and graduation; duration models;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies


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