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Title: Class Attendance and Exam Performance: A Randomized Experiment
Authors: 陳鎮洲;林翠芳
Contributors: 政大經濟系
Keywords: attendance;experiment;treatment effect;undergraduate
Date: 2008-07
Issue Date: 2009-01-09 12:17:29 (UTC+8)
Abstract: The study of determinants of a college student’s academic performance is an important
issue in higher education. Among all factors, whether or not attending lectures affects a
student’s exam performance has received considerable attention. In this paper, we conduct a
randomized experiment to study the average attendance effect for students who have chosen to
attend lectures, which is the so-called the average treatment effect on the treated in program
evaluation literature. This effect has long been neglected by researchers when estimating the
impact of lecture attendance on students’ academic performance. Under the randomized
experiment approach, least squares, fixed effects, and random effects models all yield similar
estimates for the average treatment effect on the treated. We find that, class attendance has
produced a positive and significant impact on students’ exam performance. On average,
attending lecture corresponds to a 7.66% improvement in exam performance.
Relation: Journal of Economic Education,39(3),213-227
Data Type: article
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