Procrastination, Academic Success and the Effectiveness of a Remedial Program

26 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2014

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Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Abstract

Procrastination produces harmful effects for human capital investments and studying activities. Using data from a large sample of Italian undergraduates, we measure procrastination with the actual behaviour of students, considering the delay in finalizing their university enrolment procedure. We firstly show that procrastination is a strong predictor of students' educational achievements. This result holds true controlling for quite reliable measures of cognitive abilities, a number of background characteristics and indicators of students' motivation. Secondly, we investigate, using a Regression Discontinuity Design, the effects of a remedial program in helping students with different propensity to procrastinate. We show that the policy especially advantages students who tend to procrastinate, suggesting that also policies not directly aimed at handling procrastination can help to solve self-control problems.

Keywords: procrastination, self-control, time preferences, time consistency, impatience, human capital, academic success, dropout, remedial courses

JEL Classification: D03, I21, D91, J01, J24

Suggested Citation

De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo, Procrastination, Academic Success and the Effectiveness of a Remedial Program. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8021. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2409543

Maria De Paola (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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