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What Drives the Grades of Bachelor Theses?

Author: Bc. Josef Kurka
Year: 2014 - summer
Leaders: PhDr. Jiří Schwarz Ph.D.
Work type: Bachelors
Language: English
Pages: 56
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Abstract: This thesis examines factors influencing
grades of bachelor theses. We are not aware of any
literature dealing directly with factors affecting
grades, hence we review literature
investigating determinants of citations in the scientific
articles, which is a topic very similar to
ours.The literature shows numerous factors with potential to be determinants of grades. They vary from general characteristics to content, cited
literature or academic degree of advisor and
opponent. Most of those variab
les are correlated with inner abilities of each student,
which could make
our model suffer from endogeneity. A proxy in the form of average grade from
mathematic courses
is included to deal with this problem. To account for model uncertainty resulting fro
m high number of explanatory variables, Bayesian Model Averaging is employed on our dataset comprised of
100 bachelor theses of IES students. Academic degree of advisor and opponent, as well as clarity of writing were found to influence grades significantly. In some specifications,
mathematics grade and selection of literature turn out to be efficient predictors of grades as well




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