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Does Mandatory Attendance Improve Student Performance?


  • Daniel R. Marburger


Abstract: Previous empirical literature indicates that student performance is inversely correlated with absenteeism. The author investigates the impact of enforcing an attendance policy on absenteeism and student performance. The evidence suggests that an enforced mandatory attendance policy significantly reduces absenteeism and improves exam performance.

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  • Daniel R. Marburger, 2006. "Does Mandatory Attendance Improve Student Performance?," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(2), pages 148-155, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:37:y:2006:i:2:p:148-155 DOI: 10.3200/JECE.37.2.148-155

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