nep-sog New Economics Papers
on Sociology of Economics
Issue of 2014‒06‒14
one paper chosen by
Jonas Holmström
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration

  1. Mister Sandman, Bring Me Good Marks! On the Relationship Between Sleep Quality and Academic Achievement By Baert, Stijn; Omey, Eddy; Verhaest, Dieter; Vermeir, Aurélie

  1. By: Baert, Stijn (Ghent University); Omey, Eddy (Ghent University); Verhaest, Dieter (K.U.Leuven); Vermeir, Aurélie (Ghent University)
    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: I10 J24 I23
    Date: 2014–06

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