Degree Performance of Economics Students in UK Universities: Absolute and Relative Performance in Prior Qualifications

16 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2004

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Robin Naylor

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Jeremy Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics

Abstract

We exploit individual-level data on full cohorts of UK university leavers who were enrolled for an Economics degree during the period 1984-85 to 1992-93 or the academic year 1997-98. We analyse the determinants of degree performance and find that performance depends not only on prior qualifications as measured by A-level scores, for example, but also on the individual student's ranking (based on their A-level scores) within their cohort at their university. The students' performance is also enhanced by having previously studied mathematics, although there is no benefit from the prior study of Economics. We find that attendance at an Independent school has a negative effect on degree performance, and that there are comparatively few social class background effects. Females are more likely than males to obtain a good degree.

Suggested Citation

Naylor, Robin A. and Smith, Jeremy P., Degree Performance of Economics Students in UK Universities: Absolute and Relative Performance in Prior Qualifications. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=537962

Robin A. Naylor (Contact Author)

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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Jeremy P. Smith

University of Warwick - Department of Economics ( email )

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United Kingdom

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