UWI Economic Working Papers
The Impact of Class Attendance on Student Performance : Evidence from the Tropics
Patrice Whitely
This paper investigates the impact of class attendance on student performance in an Intermediate Microeconomics class at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. No other study has explored this relationship in this area of the world. The author controls for a comprehensive number of student characteristics as well as the university characteristic class size. Because of well known endogeneity issues, both OLS and 2SLS are used to estimate the model. The results indicate that class attendance does have a positive impact on the student's grade, and that it is possible to find suitable proxies for motivation and ability.