IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this article

“A Tobit Estimation of the Student’s Time Use in Higher Education”/Una estimación Tobit del uso del tiempo por los estudiantes universitarios



    () (London School of Economics and Political Science (CEP) Houghton st. WC2A 2AE (United Kingdom).Tel. + 44 20 8806 7597.)


    () (Departamento de Estadística y Econometría Facultad de CC. Económicas y Empresariales Universidad de Málaga. El Ejido s/n 29013 Málaga (Spain).Tel.: 952 13 7003.)


This piece of work intends to go in depth into the knowledge of the time that students devote to different activities throughout their life as university students, on the ground of the Consumption Theory that assumes an utility maximization behavior on the students’ side. Additionally, for a better understanding and explanation of their behavior, we have used the Eligibility model (Lévy-Garboua, 1976). This argues that youngsters have to make choices in order to achieve an optimal combination of actual and future satisfactions in their student status, and that this will be refl ected in the time spent in their university activities. In order to check the Eligibility model’s assumptions, we have used the information stated in an ad hoc survey conducted among the students enrolled at the University of Malaga. A Tobit type analysis has been undertaken to this aim. Our results shed further light on the patterns of time use by university students and allow to assert that, broadly speaking, the Eligibility model’s assumptions are supported by the empirical evidence. Este trabajo tiene como principal objetivo profundizar en el conocimiento del uso que los estudiantes hacen de su tiempo en las distintas actividades que realizan durante su paso por la universidad, bajo el enfoque de la teoría del consumidor que presupone una maximización de sus respectivas funciones de utilidad. Para comprender y explicar el comportamiento de los estudiantes se hace uso a su vez del modelo de elegibilidad de Lévy-Garboua (1976). Éste plantea como hipótesis central que el joven tendrá que hacer elecciones para combinar de forma óptima las satisfacciones presentes y futuras que su condición de estudiante implica, las cuales se refl ejarán en la distribución del tiempo destinado a las actividades universitarias. La contrastación del modelo de elegibilidad se ha realizado a partir de la información contenida en una encuesta ad hoc efectuada a los alumnos matriculados en la Universidad de Málaga, y empleando a tal fi n una especifi cación econométrica de tipo Tobit. Los resultados obtenidos arrojan luz sobre los patrones de uso del tiempo por los estudiantes universitarios y permiten afi rmar que, en general, se cumplen los supuestos planteados por el modelo de elegibilidad.

Suggested Citation

  • Marcenaro Gutiérrez, Oscar D. & Navarro Gómez, Mª Lucía, 2006. "“A Tobit Estimation of the Student’s Time Use in Higher Education”/Una estimación Tobit del uso del tiempo por los estudiantes universitarios," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 24, pages 335-360, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:24_1_11

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to search for a different version of it.

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Roy, Bernard, 1993. "Decision science or decision-aid science?," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 184-203, April.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


    University; Time; Tobit/Universidad; Uso del Tiempo; Tobit.;

    JEL classification:

    • C24 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Truncated and Censored Models; Switching Regression Models; Threshold Regression Models
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:24_1_11. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Beatriz Rodríguez Prado). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.