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Micro-Level Determinants of Lecture Attendance and Additional Study-Hours

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  • Ryan, Martin

    () (University College Dublin)

  • Delaney, Liam

    () (University of Stirling)

  • Harmon, Colm P.

    () (University of Sydney)

Abstract

This paper uses novel measures of individual differences that produce new insights about student inputs into the (higher) education production function. The inputs examined are lecture attendance and additional study-hours. The data were collected through a web-survey that the authors designed. The analysis includes novel measures of individual differences including willingness to take risks, consideration of future consequences and non-cognitive ability traits. Besides age, gender and year of study, the main determinants of lecture attendance and additional study-hours are attitude to risk, future-orientation and conscientiousness. In addition, future-orientation, and in particular conscientiousness, determine lecture attendance to a greater extent than they determine additional study. Finally, we show that family income and financial transfers (from both parents and the state) do not determine any educational input. This study suggests that non-cognitive abilities may be more important than financial constraints in the determination of inputs related to educational production functions.

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  • Ryan, Martin & Delaney, Liam & Harmon, Colm P., 2010. "Micro-Level Determinants of Lecture Attendance and Additional Study-Hours," IZA Discussion Papers 5144, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  • Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp5144
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    1. Pedro Carneiro & James J. Heckman, 2002. "The Evidence on Credit Constraints in Post--secondary Schooling," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 112(482), pages 705-734, October.
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    1. UCD Attendance Survey
      by Martin Ryan in Geary Behaviour Centre on 2010-11-15 16:17:00

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    Keywords

    future-orientation; non-cognitive ability; higher education; lecture attendance; attitude to risk; hours of study; education inputs; conscientiousness;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J2 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor
    • D90 - Microeconomics - - Micro-Based Behavioral Economics - - - General

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