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Mister Sandman, Bring Me Good Marks! On the Relationship between Sleep Quality and Academic Achievement

42 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2014  

Stijn Baert

Ghent University; University of Antwerp; Catholic University of Louvain (UCL); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel)

Aurélie Vermeir

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

Abstract

This study assesses the relationship between sleep quality and academic achievement. We survey college students about their sleep quality by means of the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) before the start of their first exam period at university. PSQI scores are matched with course marks in this first exam period. Instrumenting PSQI scores by sleep quality during secondary education, we find that increasing total sleep quality with one standard deviation leads to 4.85 percentage point higher course marks.

Keywords: economics of education, economics of health, economics of sleep, academic achievement, sleep quality

JEL Classification: I10, J24, I23

Suggested Citation

Baert, Stijn and Omey, Eddy and Verhaest, Dieter and Vermeir, Aurélie, Mister Sandman, Bring Me Good Marks! On the Relationship between Sleep Quality and Academic Achievement. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8232. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2450423

Stijn Baert (Contact Author)

Ghent University ( email )

University of Antwerp ( email )

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Antwerp, 2000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.uantwerpen.be/nl/personeel/stijn-baert/

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) ( email )

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Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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Eddy Omey

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent

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Gent, 9000
Belgium

Dieter Verhaest

Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel (HUBrussel) ( email )

Stormstraat 2
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Aurélie Vermeir

Ghent University-Universiteit Gent ( email )

Coupure Links 653
Gent, 9000
Belgium

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