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ISRN Education
Volume 2012, Article ID 364176, 5 pages
Research Article

Lab Attendance and Academic Performance

Department of Economics, Howard University, Washington, DC, USA

Received 26 March 2012; Accepted 2 May 2012

Academic Editors: M. Brynin, K. Capps, M. F. Cerda, and H.-C. Lin

Copyright © 2012 Kirk Adair and Omari H. Swinton. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The benefits from attendance of lectures have been established in the literature. This paper focuses on attendance not of the lecture, but of smaller labs. These labs are 50 minutes one-day-a-week sessions to emphasis material covered during lecture. Using a 200-student Principles of Economics class that covers microeconomics with six different labs, we investigate the effect of lab attendance on exam performance by taking into account individual characteristics. We find that lab attendance benefits the student in overall exam performance.