University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Many large universities require freshman to live in dormitories on the basis that living on campus leads to better classroom performance and lower drop out incidence. Large universities also provide a number of academic services in dormitories such as tutoring and student organizations that encourage an environment conducive to learning. A survey was administered to college students at a large state school to determine what impact dormitory living has on student performance. The authors use a handful of instrumental variable strategies to account for the possibly endogenous decision to live on campus. They find a robust result across model specifications and estimation techniques that on average, living on campus increases GPA from 0.19 to 0.97.