A latent curve analysis of unobserved heterogeneity in university achievements

Bianconcini, Silvia; Università Di Bologna - Dipartimento Di Scienze Statistiche, Cagnone, Silvia; Università Di Bologna - Dipartimento Di Scienze Statistiche, Mignani, Stefania; Università Di Bologna - Dipartimento Di Scienze Statistiche & Monari, Paola; Università Di Bologna - Dipartimento Di Scienze Statistiche
The aim of this paper is to analyze the academic achievement of a cohort of students enrolled in 2001 at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Bologna by using a latent growth model for longitudinal data. The basic idea of this approach is that individuals differ in their growth over time according to a continuous underlying or latent trajectory.Random coefficients in the model allow each individual to have a different trajectory. Latent growth...