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Math matters! The importance of mathematical and verbal skills for degree performance

Judith Delaney () and Paul Devereux ()

Economics Letters, 2020, vol. 186, issue C

Abstract: We find that mathematics skills have a stronger relationship to university performance than verbal skills. While both are predictive of degree completion and class of degree obtained, mathematics skills have a larger effect, and are particularly predictive of achieving a first-class honours degree and of high achievement in STEM courses.

Keywords: Human capital; Quantitative and verbal skills; Degree quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.108850

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