Math Matters! The Importance of Mathematical and Verbal Skills for Degree Performance

14 Pages Posted: 18 Nov 2019

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Judith Delaney

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI)

Paul J. Devereux

University College Dublin - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We find that mathematics skills have a stronger relationship to university performance than verbal skills. While both are predictive of degree completion and class of degree obtained, mathematics skills have a larger effect, and are particularly predictive of achieving a first-class honours degree and of high achievement in STEM courses.

Keywords: degree quality, quantitative and verbal skills, human capital

JEL Classification: I23

Suggested Citation

Delaney, Judith and Devereux, Paul J., Math Matters! The Importance of Mathematical and Verbal Skills for Degree Performance. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12768, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3488195 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3488195

Judith Delaney (Contact Author)

Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) ( email )

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Dublin
Ireland

Paul J. Devereux

University College Dublin - Department of Economics ( email )

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Dublin 4, 4
Ireland

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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

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