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Schooling effects on subsequent university performance : evidence for the UK university population

By Robin Naylor and Jeremy Smith

Abstract

From a unique data-set identifying the school attended prior to university for a full cohort of UK university students, we examine the determinants of final degree classification.\ud We exploit the detailed school-level information and focus on the influence of school characteristics,\ud such as school type, on subsequent performance of students at university. We\ud estimate that, on average, a male (female) graduate who attended an Independent school\ud is 6.5 (5.4) percentage points less likely to obtain a `good' degree than is a student who\ud attended an LEA (that is, state-sector) school, ceteris paribus. We also find considerable\ud variation around this average figure across different Independent schools. We find that, for\ud males, the variation in the probability of attaining a `good' degree across schools can largely\ud be explained by the level of school fees

Topics: HC, LC5201
Publisher: University of Warwick. Dept. of Economics
Year: 2002
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:88

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