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dc.contributor.authorLi, Ian
dc.contributor.authorDockery, Alfred Michael
dc.identifier.citationLi, I. and Dockery, A.M. 2015. Does school socio-economic status influence university outcomes? Australian Journal of Labour Economics. 18 (1): pp. 75-94.

This study explores the role of schools' socioeconomic status in determining academic performance at university. Data for first year domestic undergraduates at an Australian university in 2011 to 2013 are linked to schools' data to examine the role of student- and school-level characteristics in influencing university marks. Schools' socioeconomic status is found to have moderate impacts on university performance, with students from lower socioeconomic status schools faring better. Prior academic achievement, as proxied by ATAR scores, is found to be a strong determinant of university grades. School sector and resources are found to have negligible impacts on students' academic performance at university. The results suggest that equity measures to increase university access for low SES students and those from lower-SES schools could be expanded without compromising academic standards.

dc.publisherThe Centre for Labour Market Research, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology
dc.titleDoes school socio-economic status influence university outcomes?
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleAustralian Journal of Labour Economics

Copyright © 2015 The Centre for Labour Market Research (CLMR)

curtin.departmentJohn Curtin Institute of Public Policy (JCIPP)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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