I analyze data from students enrolled in an introductory macroeconomics course taught at a public university in Italy to assess the impact of lecture attendance on academic performance. Using proxy variables regressions to capture the effect of unobservable student traits possibly correlated with attendance, I still find a positive and significant effect of attendance. However, when using panel data fixed effect estimators to eliminate time-invariant individual-specific unobservables, the effect disappears. The robustness of my results to supplementary data from a major public university in Spain suggests that the positive effect of attendance commonly reported in the literature may still incorporate an impact of unobservable student traits.

Does Lecture Attendance Affect Academic Performance? Evidence from an Introductory Macroeconomics Course

ANDRIETTI, Vincenzo
2014-01-01

Abstract

I analyze data from students enrolled in an introductory macroeconomics course taught at a public university in Italy to assess the impact of lecture attendance on academic performance. Using proxy variables regressions to capture the effect of unobservable student traits possibly correlated with attendance, I still find a positive and significant effect of attendance. However, when using panel data fixed effect estimators to eliminate time-invariant individual-specific unobservables, the effect disappears. The robustness of my results to supplementary data from a major public university in Spain suggests that the positive effect of attendance commonly reported in the literature may still incorporate an impact of unobservable student traits.
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