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Departmental Research : Economics: Teny Shapiro : Santa Clara University

11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

THE SPEAKER: Teny Shapiro, Santa Clara University

TITLE: "The Causal Effect of the School Day Schedule on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents"

ABSTRACT: How a student's classes are scheduled throughout the day is often determined by necessity, but can have a meaningful impact on academic performance.  Acknowledging student's internal clocks and making small changes to scheduling patters could be a relatively low-cost method for administrators to improve performance. This paper builds on literature that has shown the negative effects of early morning classes to consider the influence the school-day schedule has throughout the day.  Our data is five cohorts of college freshman at the United States Air Force Academy who face randomized scheduling and largely take a common set of classes.  We find the largest impact of the schedule is in the early morning, but also find evidence of academic fatigue and asymmetric effects among STEM, non-STEM, and physical education courses that vary over the day.

Teny's research focuses on health and education policy. You can find more information here:


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