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Persistence and Academic Success in University


  • Dooley, Martin D.
  • Payne, A. Abigail
  • Robb, A. Leslie


We use a unique set of linked administrative data sets to explore the determinants of persistence and academic success in university. The explanatory power of high school grades greatly dominates that of other variables such as university program, gender, and neighbourhood and high school characteristics. Indeed, high school and neighbourhood characteristics, such as average standardized test scores for a high school or average neighbourhood income, have weak links with success in university.

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  • Dooley, Martin D. & Payne, A. Abigail & Robb, A. Leslie, 2012. "Persistence and Academic Success in University," CLSSRN working papers clsrn_admin-2012-7, Vancouver School of Economics, revised 19 Feb 2012.
  • Handle: RePEc:ubc:clssrn:clsrn_admin-2012-7

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    1. Alejandro Abarca & Rolando Leiva & Juan Robalino & Milagro Saborio-Rodriguez, 2016. "Diferencias en la permanencia y el desempeño en la educación superior entre estudiantes provenientes de colegios públicas y privadas," Working Papers 201603, Universidad de Costa Rica, revised Jun 2016.
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    3. Felice Martinello, 2015. "Course Withdrawal Dates, Tuition Refunds, and Student Persistence in University Programs," Working Papers 1501, Brock University, Department of Economics, revised Feb 2015.
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    University Success; High School; Neighbourhood;

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    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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