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

  • Liam Delaney

    (University College Dublin)

  • Martin Ryan

    (University College Dublin)

  • Colm Harmon

    (University College Dublin)

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 the following measures: 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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Paper provided by School of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201025.

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Length: 18 Pages
Date of creation: 24 Sep 2010
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Handle: RePEc:ucn:wpaper:201025
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  1. Pedro Carneiro & James J. Heckman, 2002. "The Evidence on Credit Constraints in Post-Secondary Schooling," NBER Working Papers 9055, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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