Which Factors Determine Academic Performance of Economics Freshers?: Some Spanish Evidence Articles uri icon

publication date

  • May 2009

start page

  • 179

end page

  • 210


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  • 33

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0210-1521

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1575-4367


  • This paper analyses the impact of several factors potentially affecting academic performance of first-year undergraduates (freshers) in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid during 2002-2005. Outcomes are the grades obtained in three core subjects which differ substantially in their requirements of math skills. Our main finding is that those students who completed a technical track at high school tend to perform much better in math-intensive subjects than those who followed a social sciences track and that the latter do not perform better in subjects where prior training in economics is bound to be helpful.