A Comparison of Academic Performance in A-Level Economics between Two Years

Reilly, Barry and Bachan, Ray (2003) A Comparison of Academic Performance in A-Level Economics between Two Years. International Review of Economics Education, 2 (1). pp. 8-24. ISSN 1477-3880

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Performance equations are estimated using ALIS data for two cohorts of students in England and Wales taking Economics A-level examinations in 1998 and 2000. The approach adopted uses an ordered probit model and the empirical results confirm some established research findings in the educational literature. In particular, we find that prior attainment at GCSE level and performance in GCSE Mathematics exert a strong influence on A-level achievement in Economics. However, we also find a significant gender differential in performance in both years. A counterfactual exercise was implemented and this established that standards within the subject appear to have remained relatively constant across the two years in question.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: achievement in Economics exam, ordered probit
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic theory. Demography
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Depositing User: Chris Keene
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:51
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/1404
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