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Pre-University Courses and Student Performance
Journal Title: QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria 
Author/s:  Maria De Paola, Vincenzo Scoppa 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  27 Pg. 57-83 FullText PDF:  664 KB
DOI:  10.3280/QU2011-002003
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In this paper we investigate whether remedial courses, designed to fill in the gaps in basic skills, bring about any improvement in undergraduate student attainment. Our analysis is based on a project financed by the Regione Calabria, which provided a number of educational/training activities to all freshmen enrolled at the University of Calabria at the beginning of the academic year 2008-09. The problems related to self-selection were addressed both by using the very detailed information we have available on a large number of individual characteristics and identifying a control group consisting of students who had not participated in the activities for various incidental reasons. From our analysis emerges a positive effect of remedial courses on student performance during the first year of their academic career. These results prove robust to use of a matching estimator.
Keywords: Educational production function, Matching estimators
Jel Code: I210, J310, D820

Maria De Paola, Vincenzo Scoppa, Pre-University Courses and Student Performance in "QA Rivista dell’Associazione Rossi-Doria" 2/2011, pp. 57-83, DOI:10.3280/QU2011-002003


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