This study examines the relationship between various student characteristics and student’s time use. In particular, we use ordered probit models to estimate relative time use (work time vs. studying; work time vs. time in extracurricular activities; studying vs. time in extracurricular activities) using data from undergraduate students at a Southern four-year college. Our findings confirm some of the widespread beliefs that a higher grade point average (GPA) is associated with relatively more time spent studying than working or in extracurricular activities, and that higher financial support from family is associated with relatively more time spent in extracurricular activities than both working and studying. On the other hand, our findings also show that the HOPE scholarship and student ability, measured by SAT or ACT scores, do not influence time allocation.

Authors: Attila Cseh, Clifford A. Lipscomb, L. Wayne Plumly

Originally published in the Southern Business & Economic Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1 (2014)

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