ERIC Number: EJ1089580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
The Impact of Class Absenteeism on Undergraduates' Academic Performance: Evidence from an Elite Economics School in Portugal
Teixeira, Aurora A. C.
Innovations in Education and Teaching International, v53 n2 p230-242 2016
The empirical literature focusing mainly on the USA suggests that class absenteeism undermines students' academic performance and that an enforced mandatory attendance policy may be beneficial. Based on a different cultural and economic context, and using data on 146 second-year management students enrolled in a macroeconomics course at an elite economics school in Portugal, it is shown that even when controlling for potential endogenous factors associated with attendance and academic performance, absenteeism considerably lowers the students' final grade (about 2 points in a 0-20-point grading scheme). In addition, it is established that a compulsory, though flexible, attendance policy contributes to improving students' academic performance.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Business Administration Education, Macroeconomics, Private Colleges, Attendance, Grades (Scholastic), School Policy, Academic Achievement, Grade Point Average, Compulsory Education, Regression (Statistics)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal