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Higher Education Policy in Greece: Filling the Danaids' Jar

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The study examines the potential effects of a recent policy change in Greece on students’ graduation rates. Our study mainly concentrates on the impact that the reform may have on the various categories of students, as these are classified by the way they enter the university. Individual records of 2,416 students studying at a university of economic and social studies are analyzed by means of the probit model. Our empirical findings suggest that students from all the other modes of entry, compared to students entering by means of general examinations, face a considerably higher probability of failure. Among the rest of the results, the most interesting one concerns the equal likelihood of failure of students with different socio-economic backgrounds.

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  • Elias Katsikas & Theologos Dergiades, 2009. "Higher Education Policy in Greece: Filling the Danaids' Jar," Discussion Paper Series 2009_16, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Nov 2009.
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    1. Elias Katsikas & Theodore Panagiotidis, 2010. "Student Status and Academic Performance: an approach of the quality determinants of university studies in Greece," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 40, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    2. Elias Katsikas & Theodore Panagiotidis, 2011. "Student Status and Academic Performance: Accounting for the Symptom of Long Duration of Studies in Greece," Discussion Paper Series 2011_04, Department of Economics, University of Macedonia, revised Mar 2011.

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    Keywords

    policy change; mode of university entry; graduation rate; duration of studies.;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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