How Early Morning Classes Change Academic Trajectories: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

68 Pages Posted: 31 Oct 2023

Abstract

Using a natural experiment which randomized class times to students, this study reveals that enrolling in early morning classes lowers students’ course grades and the likelihood of future STEM course enrollment. There is a 79% reduction in pursuing the corresponding major and a 26% rise in choosing a lower-earning major, predominantly influenced by early morning STEM classes. To understand the mechanism, I conducted a survey of undergraduate students enrolled in an introductory course, some of whom were assigned to a 7:30 AM section. I find evidence of a decrease in human capital accumulation and learning quality for early morning sections.

Keywords: Higher Education, Human Capital, STEM, College Major

Suggested Citation

Yim, Anthony LokTing, How Early Morning Classes Change Academic Trajectories: Evidence from a Natural Experiment. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4618616 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4618616

Anthony LokTing Yim (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University ( email )

Provo, UT 84602
United States

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