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How do Transfer Students Perform in Economics? Evidence from Intermediate Macroeconomics

For students taking intermediate-level economics does it matter where they studied principles of economics? Does transferring college credit influence subsequent academic performance in economics? With a sample covering 1999–2008 the authors analyze in this article a group of nearly 1,000 students taking intermediate macroeconomics at a prominent state university. Despite seemingly impressive-looking grades from the principles of macroeconomics course, community college transfer students significantly under-performed their peers in the intermediate macroeconomics course, unlike transfer students from 4-year institutions. Moreover, students who transferred other course work from community college (that is, other than the principles course) were relatively less likely to succeed in intermediate macroeconomics.

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00220485.2013.770336#.UZ_WqkotU98

Publication Information
Article Title: How do Transfer Students Perform in Economics? Evidence from Intermediate Macroeconomics
Journal: Journal of Economic Education (Jan, 2013)
Forthcoming
Author(s): Asarta, Carlos J;  Fuess, Jr., Scott M
Researcher Information
    
Fuess, Jr., Scott M
Fuess, Jr., Scott M
Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Business, Department Chair
Expertise:
  • Economy of Japan
  • Labor Economics (wages, employment, working conditions, unions)
  • Macroeconomics
Economics
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