Students' Academic Self-Perception

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Arnaud Chevalier

University College Dublin (UCD) - Institute for the Study of Social Change; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen Gibbons

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment

Andy Thorpe

University of Portsmouth - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics

Martin Snell

University of Portsmouth - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics

Sherria Hoskins

University of Portsmouth

Date Written: September 2007

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' misperception 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.

Keywords: test performance, self-assessment, higher education participation, academic self-perception

JEL Classification: I21, J16, Y80

Suggested Citation

Chevalier, Arnaud and Gibbons, Stephen and Thorpe, Andy and Snell, Martin and Hoskins, Sherria, Students' Academic Self-Perception (September 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3031, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1017507

Arnaud Chevalier (Contact Author)

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Stephen Gibbons

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Andy Thorpe

University of Portsmouth - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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Martin Snell

University of Portsmouth - Faculty of Business - Department of Economics ( email )

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Sherria Hoskins

University of Portsmouth ( email )

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