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The back of the coin in resilience: on the characteristics of advantaged low-achieving students

Oscar David Marcenaro-Gutierrez () and Luis Alejandro Lopez-Agudo ()
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Oscar David Marcenaro-Gutierrez: Universidad de Málaga
Luis Alejandro Lopez-Agudo: Universidad de Málaga

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Economia Politica: Journal of Analytical and Institutional Economics, 2021, vol. 38, issue 1, No 12, 323-383

Abstract: Abstract In the field of Economics of Education the “resilience” term is used to designate those students from low socio-economic backgrounds who can overcome their initial situation and obtain high academic results. However, the opposite kind of student profile has been a less explored field, i.e., high socio-economic status students who perform poorly and are thus denoted as advantaged low-achieving students. Because of that, the current study intends to disentangle the characteristics which influence the likelihood of high socio-economic students to become low-achievers. In order to do this, we use census and longitudinal education data and a rich set of variables from secondary education students in the most populated region of Spain (Andalusia). Our results show that students’ use of time and self-confidence, together with parental engagement, when students were in primary education, are relevant variables in explaining the low achievement of advantaged students.

Keywords: Advantaged low-achieving students; Census data; Longitudinal data; Andalusia (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1007/s40888-021-00220-0

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