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Mister Sandman, Bring Me Good Marks! On the Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Academic Achievement

Stijn Baert (), Eddy Omey (), Dieter Verhaest () and Aurélie Vermeir ()
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Aurélie Vermeir: Ghent University

No 8232, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This study assesses the relationship between sleep quality and academic achievement. We survey college students about their sleep quality by means of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) before the start of their first exam period at university. PSQI scores are matched with course marks in this first exam period. Instrumenting PSQI scores by sleep quality during secondary education, we find that increasing total sleep quality with one standard deviation leads to 4.85 percentage point higher course marks.

Keywords: academic achievement; economics of education; economics of health; economics of sleep; sleep quality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I10 I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42 pages
Date: 2014-06
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Published - revised version published in: Social Science and Medicine [Online Access]

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