Determinants of Students’ Success at University

Revised Version, cege Discussion Papers No. 214

32 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2014 Last revised: 9 Apr 2015

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Kamila Danilowicz-Gösele

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Johannes Meya

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Robert Schwager

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW); University of Magdeburg

Katharina Suntheim

University of Goettingen (Göttingen)

Date Written: September 25, 2014

Abstract

This paper studies the determinants of academic success using a unique administrative data set of a German university. We show that high school grades are strongly associated with both graduation probabilities and final grades, whereas variables measuring social origin or income have only a smaller impact. Moreover, the link between high school performance and university success is shown to vary substantially across faculties. In some fields of study, the probability of graduating is rather low, while grades are quite good conditional on high school performance. In others, weaker students have a greater chance of graduating, but grades are more differentiated.

Keywords: university, high school, grade point average, faculties, education

JEL Classification: I23, I21

Suggested Citation

Danilowicz-Gösele, Kamila and Meya, Johannes and Schwager, Robert and Suntheim, Katharina, Determinants of Students’ Success at University (September 25, 2014). Revised Version, cege Discussion Papers No. 214, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2501313 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2501313

Kamila Danilowicz-Gösele (Contact Author)

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Johannes Meya

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Robert Schwager

Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

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Katharina Suntheim

University of Goettingen (Göttingen) ( email )

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Germany

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