Which factors determine academic performance of economics freshers? Some Spanish Evidence

Juan J. Dolado, Eduardo Morales

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Abstract

This paper analyses the impact of several factors potentially affecting academic performance of first-year undergraduates (freshers) in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid during 2002-2005. Outcomes are the grades obtained in three core subjects which differ substantially in their requirements of math skills. Our main finding is that those students who completed a technical track at high school tend to perform much better in math-intensive subjects than those who followed a social sciences track and that the latter do not perform better in subjects where prior training in economics is bound to be helpful.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)179-210
Number of pages32
JournalInvestigaciones Economicas
Volume33
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

Keywords

  • Academic performance
  • Pre-university determinants
  • Quantile regressions
  • Selection biases

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