Friday, September 17, 2010

Attendance and Grades: Economics of Education Review

Skipping class in college and exam performance: Evidence from a regression discontinuity classroom experiment

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Dobkin, Carlos
Gil, Ricard
Marion, Justin
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In this paper we estimate the effect of class attendance on exam performance by implementing a policy in three large economics classes that required students scoring below the median on the midterm exam to attend class. This policy generated a large discontinuity in the rate of post-midterm attendance at the median of the midterm score. We estimate that near the policy threshold, the post-midterm attendance rate was 36 percentage points higher for those students facing compulsory attendance. The discontinuous attendance policy is also associated with a significant difference in performance on the final exam. We estimate that a 10 percentage point increase in a student's overall attendance rate results in a 0.17 standard deviation increase in the final exam score without adversely affecting performance on other classes taken concurrently.


Kevin Denny said...

So Liam, compulsory attendance for the Behavioural Economics module then?

Liam Delaney said...

I have 92 students so randomly assigning 46 of them to a compulsory condition would give some power to an experiment!

Martin Ryan said...

Thanks for flagging this article Liam.