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A Hazard Model of the Probability of Medical School Dropout in
The United Kingdom

43 Pages Posted: 9 Aug 2001  

Wiji Arulampalam

University of Warwick - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Robin Naylor

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Jeremy Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 2001

Abstract

From individual-level longitudinal data for two entire cohorts of medical students in UK universities, we analyse the probability that an individual student will "drop out" of medical school prior to the successful completion of their studies. We examine the cohort of students enrolling for a medical degree at the start of the academic years 1985 or 1986. We find evidence that medical student completion is influenced by measures of academic preparedness, sex, and age as well as by the characteristics of the medical school itself. On the basis of our results, we also comment on the construction of institutional performance indicators against the criterion of student dropout.

Keywords: Medical Students, Student Dropout (non-completion) Probabilities, Discrete Time Hazard, Limited Duration Model, Survival Analysis

JEL Classification: J24, I2, C41

Suggested Citation

Arulampalam, Wiji and Naylor, Robin and Smith, Jeremy, A Hazard Model of the Probability of Medical School Dropout in The United Kingdom (July 2001). IZA Discussion Paper No. 333. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=278519

Wiji Arulampalam (Contact Author)

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Robin Naylor

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jeremy Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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United Kingdom

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