Title

Student and teacher attendance: The role of shared goods in reducing absenteeism

Campus Units

Economics

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

10-2012

Journal or Book Title

Economics of Education Review

Volume

31

Issue

5

First Page or Article ID Number

563

Last Page

574

DOI

10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.04.002

Abstract

A theoretical model is advanced that demonstrates that, if teacher and student attendance generate a shared good, then teacher and student attendance will be mutually reinforcing. Using data from the Northwest Frontier Province of Pakistan, empirical evidence supporting that proposition is advanced. Controlling for the endogeneity of teacher and student attendance, the most powerful factor raising teacher attendance is the attendance of the children in the school, and the most important factor influencing child attendance is the presence of the teacher. The results suggest that one important avenue to be explored in developing policies to reduce teacher absenteeism is to focus on raising the attendance of children.

JEL Classification

I21, I28

Comments

This is a working paper of an article from Economics of Education Review 31 (2012): 563, doi: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.04.002.