The effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance
Andrew De Donato, Duke University, United States ; James Thomas, Yale University, United States
Economics of Education Review Volume 57, Number 1, ISSN 0272-7757 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
We use a difference-in-differences approach to estimate the effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance. There are strong negative effects in some periods but smaller effects in others: fraternity affiliation hurts performance by 0.32 standard deviations in the Freshman Spring; sorority affiliation hurts performance by 0.22 standard deviations in Spring semesters after Freshman year. We estimate both ceteris-paribuseffects and non-ceteris-paribus effects which allow Greek affiliation to influence course choice behavior. We account for censoring of grades and show ignoring censoring leads to attenuation bias. We also document heterogeneity in treatment effects by student preparation and organization social status.
De Donato, A. & Thomas, J. (2017). The effects of Greek affiliation on academic performance. Economics of Education Review, 57(1), 41-51. Elsevier Ltd.