Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102397
Authors: 
Danilowicz-Gösele, Kamila
Meya, Johannes
Schwager, Robert
Suntheim, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers, Center for European Governance and Economic Development Research 214
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.
Subjects: 
university
high school
grade point average
faculties
education
JEL: 
I23
I21
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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