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    Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Johnes, G. and Soo, K. T. (2017), Grades across Universities over Time. The Manchester School, 85: 106–131. doi:10.1111/manc.12138 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/manc.12138/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Grades across universities over time

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>01/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Manchester School
Issue number1
Volume85
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)106-131
Publication statusPublished
Early online date7/10/15
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of degree outcomes in a sample of UK universities from 2004 to 2012. We use stochastic frontier methods to account for differences in efficiency across universities and over time. The quality of the student intake and the university’s research performance are the main determinants of degree outcomes. There is no evidence of grade inflation. Decomposing the determinants of degree outcomes, we find that good entry grades yield a higher return in traditional universities than in new universities. Although high quality universities award more good degrees, we find little evidence that universities of different quality differ in their propensity to inflate grades over time.

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This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Johnes, G. and Soo, K. T. (2017), Grades across Universities over Time. The Manchester School, 85: 106–131. doi:10.1111/manc.12138 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/manc.12138/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.