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Class Attendance and Exam Performance: A Randomized Experiment

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  • Jennjou Chen
  • Tsui-Fang Lin
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    The determination of college students' academic performance is an important issue in higher education. Whether students' attendance at lectures affects students' exam performance has received considerable attention. The authors conduct a randomized experiment to study the average attendance effect for students who choose to attend lectures, which is known in program evaluation literature as the average treatment effect on the treated. This effect has long been neglected by researchers when estimating the impact of lecture attendance on students' academic performance. Under the randomized experiment approach, the results suggest that class attendance has a positive and significant impact on college students' exam performance. On average, the effect of attending lectures corresponds to a 9.4 percent to 18.0 percent improvement in exam performance for those who choose to attend classes. In comparison, the improvement is only 5.1 percent, using the empirical method of existing studies, which measures the overall average attendance impact.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal The Journal of Economic Education.

    Volume (Year): 39 (2008)
    Issue (Month): 3 (July)
    Pages: 213-227

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:39:y:2008:i:3:p:213-227

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    Cited by:
    1. Jennjou Chen & Tsui-Fang Lin, 2012. "Do Supplemental Online Recorded Lectures Help Students Learn Microeconomics?," International Review of Economic Education, Economics Network, University of Bristol, vol. 11(1), pages 6-15.
    2. Decker, Philipp & Pierdzioch, Christian & Stadtmann, Georg, 2011. "Experimentelle Evidenz zur Wirkung der Teilnahme an E-Learning-Veranstaltungen auf den Klausurerfolg," Discussion Papers 306, European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Department of Business Administration and Economics.
    3. Tin-chun Lin, 2010. "Does a student's preference for a teacher's instructional style matter? An analysis of an economic approach," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(2), pages 1320-1332.
    4. Astrid Schmulian & Stephen Coetzee, 2011. "Class absenteeism: reasons for non-attendance and the effect on academic performance," Accounting Research Journal, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 24(2), pages 178-194, September.
    5. Aurora A.C. Teixeira, 2013. "The impact of class absenteeism on undergraduates’ academic performance: evidence from an elite Economics school in Portugal," FEP Working Papers 503, Universidade do Porto, Faculdade de Economia do Porto.

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