International Advances in Economic Research

, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 278–287 | Cite as

Impact of individual characteristics and sociocultural environment on academic success

  • Jean-Luc Demeulemeester
  • Denis Rochat


This article aims at ascertaining the factors of academic success and failure of 1,980 freshmen enrolled for the first time at the University of Brussels in 1987, by means of an ordered probit methodology. The results confirm the impact of variables characterizing social as well as cultural capital of the students. They highlight the significant impact of schooling record prior to attending a university and suggest the importance of variables such as sex and nationality. The results illustrate the respective roles of mothers in transmitting verbal skills and of siblings in conveying "inside information" on university life. Finally, they stress the essential role played by ability, which is proxied by a filtered measure of high school results.


High School Economic Growth Essential Role Individual Characteristic International Economic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Luc Demeulemeester
    • 1
  • Denis Rochat
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University of Brussels and University of GenevaBelgium

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