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University education and income – does prior achievement matter?
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science, Departement of Educational Measurement.
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Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to find out if the income premium from university entrance differs with respect to prior achievement as measured by previous grades. Using income at the age of 28 to 30, we analyze if high-achievers have larger income premiums from entering university than low-achievers in a sample of Swedish upper secondary school students. We find that income differences generally are positive, albeit larger for females than for males. It is also found that the income premium is larger for high-achievers than for low-achievers. However, especially for males, the income premium rises only marginally with prior achievement for a large part of the grade distribution, indicating that there are only small differences in the returns to university entrance for a majority of upper secondary school graduates.

Keyword [en]
Premium; Predictive validity; Upper secondary GPA; Achievement; University entrance
National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
didactics of educational measurement; Economics
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-49282OAI: diva2:454037
Available from: 2011-11-04 Created: 2011-11-04

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