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Students' academic self-perception

Chevalier, Arnaud and Gibbons, Stephen and Thorpe, Andy and Snell, Martin and Hoskins, Sherria (2008) Students' academic self-perception. CEEDP, 90. Centre for the Economics of Education, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 978-0-85328-190-0

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Abstract

Participation rates in higher education differ persistently between some groups in society. Using two British datasets we investigate whether this gap is rooted in students’ mis-perception of their own and other’s ability, thereby increasing the expected costs to studying. Among high school pupils, we find that pupils with a more positive view of their academic abilities are more likely to expect to continue to higher education even after controlling for observable measures of ability and students’ characteristics. University students are also poor at estimating their own test-performance and over-estimate their predicted test score. However, females, white and working class students have less inflated view of themselves. Self-perception has limited impact on the expected probability of success and expected returns amongst these university students.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cee.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2008 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Centre for the Economics of Education (CEE)
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Geography and Environment
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2008 13:50
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:11
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/19377

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