college students are studying less

There’s some interesting research coming out in the Review of Economics and Statistic by Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks. It shows a rather dramatic decline in the number of hours students are studying, from 24 hours a week in 1961 to about 14 today. You can find the forthcoming article here. And reporting on it here. I blame wikipedia.

3 thoughts on “college students are studying less”

  1. Orgtheory posted on this before:

    http://orgtheory.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/what-do-college-students-do-all-day/

    But as far as I can tell from the article, technology as time saving isn’t a great explanation, as a good bit of the decline happens before computers become commonplace.

    I wonder about the decline of skilled jobs (particularly performed by Americans)– by which I mean the decline of jobs that require specific skills that need to be taught in college. Think engineering. As opposed to consulting. I don’t think this is a kind of “vocationalism” as fabio puts it.

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