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Factors Affecting Students’ Performance
Nasri Harb and Ahmed El-Shaarawi
United Arab Emirates University

July 2006

Online at http://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/13621/ MPRA Paper No. 13621, posted 26. February 2009 04:55 UTC

Factors Affecting Students' Performance
Nasri Harb1* Department of Economics College of Business & Economics United Arab Emirates University P.O. Box 17555 Al-Ain, UAE Tel.: 971 3 7133228 Fax: 971 3 7624384 E-mail: nasri.harb@uaeu.ac.ae

Ahmed El-Shaarawi* Department of Economics College of Business & Economics United Arab Emirates University P.O. Box 17555 Al-Ain, UAE Tel.: 971 3 7133261 Fax: 971 3 7624384 E-mail: ashaarawi@uaeu.ac.ae

16 July 2006

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The aim of this study is to investigate the socio-economic characteristics of students of the College of Business and Economics-UAEU in relation to these students' performance and taking into account variables pertaining to the UAE Society. Using a sample of 864 CBE student and regression analysis, our results show that the most important factor that affects student's performance is the student's competence in English. Besides competence in English, students who participate in class discussion and those on leave outperform other students. The factors that negatively affect student's performance the most are missing too many lectures and living in crowded household. The results also show that non-national students outperform national students and female students outperform their male counterpart.

1. Introduction
Determinants of students' performance have been the subject of ongoing debate among educators, academics, and policy makers. There have been many studies that sought to examine this issue and the findings of these studies point out to hard work and discipline, previous schooling, parents’ education, family income and self motivation as factors that can explain differences in students' grades. For example, Siegfried and Fels (1979) concluded that the student’s aptitude is the most important determinant of his/her learning. In a study of high school students who are in an economics class

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