Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance

14 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2010  

Pedro de Araujo

Colorado College

James Murray

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – Department of Economics

Date Written: February 9, 2010

Abstract

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 conducive 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.

Keywords: Student performance, dormitory, cross-section analysis, regression, instrumental variables

JEL Classification: C13, C21, I21

Suggested Citation

de Araujo, Pedro and Murray, James, Effects of Dormitory Living on Student Performance (February 9, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1569532 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1569532

Pedro De Araujo

Colorado College ( email )

14 E Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
United States

James Murray (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - La Crosse – Department of Economics ( email )

1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
United States
608-785-5140 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.murraylax.org

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