Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

Sofoklis Goulas

Economist

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Compulsory Class Attendance versus Autonomy

Compulsory Class Attendance versus Autonomy

We estimate the effect of an increased autonomy policy for higher-performing students on short- and longer-term school outcomes. We exploit an institutional setting with high demand for autonomy. Identification comes from a nationwide natural experiment that al- lowed higher-achieving students to miss 44 percent more classes with parental approval. Using a difference-in-difference-in-differences approach, we find that allowing higher- achieving students to skip more classes increases their performance in subjects that matter for university admission and improves the quality of their enrolled college degree. Top- performing students and students in more academically diverse classrooms demand more autonomy when it is offered.


Co Authors : Silvia Griselda, Rigissa Megalokonomou
Outlet : Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, ABS: 3*
Featured in :

VoxEU.org, The Conversation


Link : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S016726812300224X