This paper presents new evidence on the e®ects of attendance on academic performance. We exploit a large panel data set for Intro- ductory Microeconomics students to explicitly take into account the e®ect of unobservable factors correlated with attendance, such as abil- ity, e®ort and motivation. We ¯nd that neither proxy variables nor instrumental variables provide a viable solution to the omitted vari- able bias. Panel estimators indicate that attendance has a positive and signi¯cant impact on performance. Lecture and classes have a similar e®ect on performance individually, although their impact can- not be identi¯ed separately. Overall, the results indicate that, after controlling for unobservable student characteristics, teaching has an important independent e®ect on learning.

Stanca, L. (2004). The Effects of Attendance on Academic Performance: Panel Data Evidence for Introductory Microeconomics [Working paper del dipartimento].

The Effects of Attendance on Academic Performance: Panel Data Evidence for Introductory Microeconomics

STANCA, LUCA MATTEO
2004

Abstract

This paper presents new evidence on the e®ects of attendance on academic performance. We exploit a large panel data set for Intro- ductory Microeconomics students to explicitly take into account the e®ect of unobservable factors correlated with attendance, such as abil- ity, e®ort and motivation. We ¯nd that neither proxy variables nor instrumental variables provide a viable solution to the omitted vari- able bias. Panel estimators indicate that attendance has a positive and signi¯cant impact on performance. Lecture and classes have a similar e®ect on performance individually, although their impact can- not be identi¯ed separately. Overall, the results indicate that, after controlling for unobservable student characteristics, teaching has an important independent e®ect on learning.
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Effects; Attendance; Academic Performance; Panel Data Evidence; Introductory; Microeconomics
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Stanca, L. (2004). The Effects of Attendance on Academic Performance: Panel Data Evidence for Introductory Microeconomics [Working paper del dipartimento].
Stanca, L
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