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Never Give up on the Good Times: Student Attrition in the UK

Johnes, Geraint and McNabb, Robert 2004. Never Give up on the Good Times: Student Attrition in the UK. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 66 (1) , pp. 23-47. 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2004.00068.x

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The determinants of students’ propensity to drop out of university are analysed using individual records of the 1993 leaving cohort of students. The data set comprises about 100,000 individuals and allows a much more thorough analysis of student wastage than has been possible in the past. The main reasons for attrition, academic failure (‘involuntary’ attrition) and ‘voluntary’ dropout, are modelled. The results highlight, inter alia, the importance of matching and peer group effects, both of which have been found to be important determinants of student outcomes in the US but which have been subject to little empirical scrutiny for the UK.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0305-9049
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:33

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