The effect of employment on attendance: a response to ‘Identifying and understanding the drivers of student engagement’

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Abstract

I challenge Strong’s (2022) findings that student employment is not related to attendance. I argue that the original analysis is guilty of controlling for a post-treatment variable. As a result, the coefficients in the regression model do not show how employment causes changes in attendance. I show that employment likely has a negative effect on attendance even given severe confounding. Academics should, if asked, tell students that their attendance will likely suffer the more paid work they do.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Oct 2022

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