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Quantifying the Advantage of Secondary Mathematics Study for Accounting and Finance Undergraduates


Jamie Alcock


The University of Sydney Business School

Sophie Cockcroft


University of Queensland - Business School

Frank Finn


University of Queensland - Business School


Accounting & Finance, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 697-718, December 2008

Abstract:     
We examine the role that secondary mathematics plays in the performance of students in introductory business courses. Students who pass more advanced secondary mathematics subjects perform significantly better in introductory business courses. This mathematics effect is significantly stronger than the effect of other business-related secondary subjects, such as economics or accounting. Our findings also confirm previous studies showing that secondary accounting is beneficial for studying first-year tertiary accounting. Interestingly though, we find that studying secondary economics can detract from a student's introductory tertiary results in some courses. Our findings have implications for educators and administrators as well as current secondary students.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 22

JEL Classification: A21, A22, C35

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Date posted: November 3, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Alcock, Jamie and Cockcroft, Sophie and Finn, Frank, Quantifying the Advantage of Secondary Mathematics Study for Accounting and Finance Undergraduates. Accounting & Finance, Vol. 48, No. 5, pp. 697-718, December 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1291205 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-629X.2008.00261.x

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Jamie Alcock (Contact Author)
The University of Sydney Business School ( email )
Cnr. of Codrington and Rose Streets
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
Sophie Cockcroft
University of Queensland - Business School ( email )
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
Frank Finn
University of Queensland - Business School ( email )
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia
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