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How long does it take to earn a higher education degree in Spain ?

Abstract : The purpose of this paper is to identify the main determinants of time-to-degree in higher education. Our results use retrospective data on a full cohort of first-time entering students who embarked on short and long programs from one university in Spain and who were observed over an eight-year period. The empirical results show that time-to-completion is extremely sensitive to students' abilities and, to a much lesser extent, to socio-economic background, motivation and gender. We also find that students' performance and integration at the beginning of the program reduce the time-to-degree, whereas teaching conditions do not appear to matter.
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Gérard Lassibille, María Lucía Navarro Gómez. How long does it take to earn a higher education degree in Spain ?. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Elsevier, 2010, 2 (2), pp.3519-3523. ⟨halshs-00525614⟩



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