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Am I missing something? The effects of absence from class on student performance

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  • Arulampalam, Wiji
  • Naylor, Robin A.
  • Smith, Jeremy

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We analyse a rich dataset of Economics students at a UK university to identify causal effects of class absence on student performance, exploiting the random assignment of students and information on students’ class timetables to avoid selection problems. We use panel properties of the data to control for unobserved student factors such as ability and effort. Quantile regression results suggest that absence has adverse effects on performance – but these effects are causal only for the upper part of the conditional performance distribution.

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  • Arulampalam, Wiji & Naylor, Robin A. & Smith, Jeremy, 2012. "Am I missing something? The effects of absence from class on student performance," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 363-375.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:31:y:2012:i:4:p:363-375
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2011.12.002
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    Keywords

    Randomised experiments; Quantile regression; Selection correction; Panel data; Education; Student performance; Class absence;

    JEL classification:

    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education

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