Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/20838
Authors: 
Arulampalam, Wiji
Naylor, Robin A.
Smith, Jeremy P.
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion paper series 655
Abstract: 
From individual-level data for nine entire cohorts of undergraduate students in UK universities, we estimate the probability that an individual will drop out of university during their first-year. We examine the 1984-85 to 1992-93 cohorts of students enrolling full-time for a three or four-year course, and focus on the sensitivity of the probability of withdrawal to the individual?s prior qualifications relative to those of the other students in their university course. We show not only that weaker students are more likely to withdraw but also that the extent of variation in prior qualifications within the student?s university degree course exerts an influence on the individual's probability of withdrawal in a way that varies with the individual?s own in-class rank.
Subjects: 
student withdrawal
prior qualifications
rank
heterogeneity
JEL: 
J24
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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