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Estimating the Eects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance

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  • Pedro de Araujo

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    (Colorado College)

  • James Murray

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    (University of Wisconsin - La Crosse)

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    Many large universities require freshman to live in dormitories on the basis that living on campus leads to better classroom performance and lower drop out incidence. Large universities also provide a number of academic services in dormitories such as tutoring and student organizations that encourage an environment condusive to learn- ing. A survey was administered to college students at a large state school to determine what impact dormitory living has on student performance. We use a handful of instru- mental variable strategies to account for the possibly endogenous decision to live on campus. We nd a robust result across model specications and estimation techniques that on average, living on campus increases GPA by between 0.19 to 0.97. That is, the estimate for the degree of improvement to student performance caused by living on campus ranges between one-fth to one full letter grade.

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    Paper provided by Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington in its series Caepr Working Papers with number 2010-002.

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    Length: 15 pages
    Date of creation: Feb 2010
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    Handle: RePEc:inu:caeprp:2010-002

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    1. Estimating the Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance
      by Ariel Goldring in Free Market Mojo on 2011-01-13 14:00:14

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