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First-Year Study Success in Economics and Econometrics: The Role of Gender, Motivation, and Math Skills

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  • Ivo J. M. Arnold
  • Wietske Rowaan

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In this study, the authors investigate the relationships among gender, math skills, motivation, and study success in economics and econometrics. They find that female students have stronger intrinsic motivation, yet lower study confidence than their male counterparts. They also find weak evidence for a gender gap over the entire first-year curriculum of economics or econometrics. In terms of size and significance, their estimates of gender effects rank below the effects of preparatory education and motivation.

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  • Ivo J. M. Arnold & Wietske Rowaan, 2014. "First-Year Study Success in Economics and Econometrics: The Role of Gender, Motivation, and Math Skills," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(1), pages 25-35, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:45:y:2014:i:1:p:25-35
    DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2014.859957
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