Never Give Up on the Good Times: Student Attrition in the UK

25 Pages Posted: 15 Apr 2004

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Geraint Johnes

Lancaster University - Management School; Lancaster University

Robert McNabb

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School

Abstract

The determinants of students' propensity to drop out of university are analysed using individual records of all students passing through the central applications process in 1993. The data set comprises about 100,000 individuals and allows a much more thorough analysis of student wastage than has been possible in the past. The main reasons for attrition, academic failure ('involuntary' attrition) and 'voluntary' dropout, are modelled. The results highlight, inter alia, the importance of matching and peer group effects, both of which have been found to be important determinants of student outcomes in the US but which have been subject to little empirical scrutiny for the UK.

Suggested Citation

Johnes, Geraint and McNabb, Robert, Never Give Up on the Good Times: Student Attrition in the UK. Oxford Bulletin of Economics & Statistics, Vol. 66, pp. 23-47, February 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=513805

Geraint Johnes (Contact Author)

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Lancaster University ( email )

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Robert McNabb

Cardiff University - Cardiff Business School ( email )

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