Relationships between Risk Attitude, Academic Performance, and the Likelihood of Drop-outs

  • Ekaterina Kochergina Yuri Levada Analytical Center Autonomous Nonprofit Organization
  • Ilya Prakhov HSE University
Keywords: university, current academic achievement, expulsion, individual psychological characteristics, risk attitude, academic integration


Regression analysis is used to explore the relationship between students’ risk attitudes and academic performance indicators: current academic achievement and the likelihood of dropping out. Using empirical data on students of a highly selective Russian university, we reveal a considerable positive correlation between risk acceptance and the likelihood of being expelled. We believe that conventional student integration and drop-out models could also consider such individual student characteristic as risk attitude. Normally, it did not use to be regarded as a factor influencing the likelihood of student departure. Risk attitude as an individual student characteristic can be involved in the process of academic integration, affecting its progress. More risk-averse students remain underintegrated in the academic environment, which is fraught with dropping out.


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KocherginaEkaterina, and Ilya Prakhov. 2016. “Relationships Between Risk Attitude, Academic Performance, and the Likelihood of Drop-Outs”. Voprosy Obrazovaniya / Educational Studies Moscow, no. 4 (December), 206-28.
Education Statistics and Sociology

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