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Estimating the Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance

Pedro de Araujo

Colorado College

James Murray

affiliation not provided to SSRN

February 9, 2010

Many large universities require freshman to live in dormitories on the basis that living on campus leads to better classroom performance and lower drop out incidence. Large universities also provide a number of academic services in dormitories such as tutoring and student organizations that encourage an environment condusive to learning. A survey was administered to college students at a large state school to determine what impact dormitory living has on student performance. We use a handful of instrumental variable strategies to account for the possibly endogenous decision to live on campus. We find a robust result across model specifications and estimation techniques that on average, living on campus increases GPA by between 0.19 to 0.97. That is, the estimate for the degree of improvement to student performance caused by living on campus ranges between one-fifth to one full letter grade.

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JEL Classification: C13, C21, I21

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Date posted: February 21, 2010  

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de Araujo, Pedro and Murray, James, Estimating the Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance (February 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1555892 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1555892

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Pedro De Araujo (Contact Author)
Colorado College ( email )
14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States
James Murray
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