Determinants of Grades in Maths for Students in Economics

19 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2008 Last revised: 11 May 2008

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Lorenzo Cappellari

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan; University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Dario Pozzoli

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences

Date Written: May 7, 2008

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of grades achieved in mathematics by first year students Economics. We use individual administrative data from 1991 to 2005 to fit an educational production function. Our main findings suggest that good secondary school achievements and good maths skills (pre-college) are usually associated with higher grades. Ceteris paribus, females typically do better than males. Since students can postpone the exam or repeat it when they fail, we also analyse the determinants of the elapsed time to pass the exam using survival analysis. Estimating a competing risks model, we find that there is evidence of true negative duration dependence for high grades: the longer students wait to take the exam, the less likely they are to take high grades.

Keywords: maths grades, quantile regression, survival analysis

JEL Classification: I21, I23, C50

Suggested Citation

Cappellari, Lorenzo and Lucifora, Claudio and Pozzoli, Dario, Determinants of Grades in Maths for Students in Economics (May 7, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1127227 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1127227

Lorenzo Cappellari

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart of Milan ( email )

Largo Gemelli, 1
Via Necchi 9
Milan, MI 20123
Italy

University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Claudio Lucifora

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano ( email )

Department of Economics and Finance
Largo Gemelli, 1
20123 Milano
Italy
+39 027 234 2525 (Phone)
+39 027 234 2781 (Fax)

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Dario Pozzoli (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - School of Business and Social Sciences ( email )

Nordre Ringgade 1
Aarhus C, DK-8000
Denmark

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