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Determinants of Grades in Maths for Students in Economics

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  • Lorenzo Cappellari, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
  • Claudio Lucifora, Catholic University of Milan, Italy
  • Dario Pozzoli, Denmark
  • http://www.asb.dk/omos/institutter/departmentofeconomics/
  • http://www.asb.dk/forskning/forskningscentreoggrupper/forskningscentre/centreforresearchinintegrationeducationqualificationsandmarg/

This paper investigates the determinants of grades achieved in mathematics by rst-year students in Economics. We use individual administrative data from 1993 to 2005 to t an educational production function. Our main ndings suggest that good secondary school achievements and the type of school attended are signi cantly associated with maths grades. Ceteris paribus, females typically do better than males. Since students can postpone the exam or repeat it when they fail, we also analyze the determinants of the elapsed time to pass the exam using survival analysis. Modeling simultaneously maths grades and the hazard of passing the exam, we nd that the overall hazard rate of passing the exam is higher for those students who get the higher grades. The longer students wait to take the exam, the less likely they are to obtain high grades.

Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus School of Business, Aarhus University, Department of Economics
Number of pages46
ISBN (Print)9788778824103
ISBN (Electronic)9788778824110
Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Research areas

  • Maths grades, Quantile regression, Survival analysis

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