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Am I missing something? The effects of absence from class on student performance

Wiji Arulampalam (), Robin Naylor () and Jeremy Smith

Economics of Education Review, 2012, vol. 31, issue 4, 363-375

Abstract: We analyse a rich dataset of Economics students at a UK university to identify causal effects of class absence on student performance, exploiting the random assignment of students and information on students’ class timetables to avoid selection problems. We use panel properties of the data to control for unobserved student factors such as ability and effort. Quantile regression results suggest that absence has adverse effects on performance – but these effects are causal only for the upper part of the conditional performance distribution.

Keywords: Randomised experiments; Quantile regression; Selection correction; Panel data; Education; Student performance; Class absence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C41 J24 I2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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