The effect of student characteristics on achievement in Introductory Microeconomics in South Africa

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Abstract

This paper uses OLS regression analysis to examine the effect of student characteristics on performance in Introductory Microeconomics at five South African universities. No consistent race-effects were found, but Indian students performed significantly worse than Whites at historically-White universities. Male students outperformed females in general. Older students did better at the historically-White institutions only. At one university, Black students who speak English as their home language outperformed those who are non-English speakers. Students who devoted more time to study outside formal classes did better in general. Greater verbal and mathematical ability had large and significant positive effects on student achievement. © 2006 The Author. Journal compilation © 2006 Economic Society of South Africa.

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  • Education production function
  • Input-output analysis
  • Undergraduate economics

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  • Kudayja Parker

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