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ERIC Number: ED511711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 0
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Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach. NBER Working Paper No. 16330
Carrell, Scott E.; Hoekstra, Mark; West, James E.
National Bureau of Economic Research
This paper examines the effect of alcohol consumption on student achievement. To do so, we exploit the discontinuity in drinking at age 21 at a college in which the minimum legal drinking age is strictly enforced. We find that drinking causes significant reductions in academic performance, particularly for the highest-performing students. This suggests that the negative consequences of alcohol consumption extend beyond the narrow segment of the population at risk of more severe, low-frequency, outcomes.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research