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The effects of attendance on academic performance: panel data evidence for Introductory Microeconomics

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  • Luca Stanca

    (Economics Department - University of Milan Bicocca)

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This paper presents new evidence on the effects of attendance on academic performance. We exploit a large panel data set for Introductory Microeconomics students to explicitly take into account the effect of unobservable factors correlated with attendance, such as ability, effort and motivation. We find that neither proxy variables nor instrumental variables provide a viable solution to the omitted variable bias. Panel estimators indicate that attendance has a positive and significant impact on performance. Lecture and classes have a similar effect on performance individually, although their impact cannot be identified separately. Overall, the results indicate that, after controlling for unobservable student characteristics, teaching has an important independent effect on learning.

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  • Luca Stanca, 2004. "The effects of attendance on academic performance: panel data evidence for Introductory Microeconomics," HEW 0411003, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0411003
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    Keywords

    academic achievement; attendance; panel data;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • A22 - General Economics and Teaching - - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics - - - Undergraduate

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