Economics Research Seminar | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Economics Research Seminar

Poor Sleep: Sunset Time and Human Capital Production


This paper provides evidence that differences in when the sun sets across locations help determine the geographic distribution of educational attainment levels.  I show that later sunset reduces children's sleep: when the sun sets laters, children go to bed later; by contrast, wake-up times do not respond to solar cues.  Sleep-deprived students decrease study effort, consistent with a model where sleep is productivity-enhancing and increases the marginal returns of effort.  Overall, school-age childen exposed to later sunsets attain fewer years of education and are less likely to complete primary and middle school.  Later sunsets are also associated with few hours of sleep among adults at well as lower wages and household expenditures on education.  The non-poor adjust their sleep schedules when the sun sets later; sunset-induced sleep deficits are most pronounced among the poor, especially in periods when households face severe financial constraints.

Please join the Economics Department for a research seminar.  This event is open to all Case Western Reserve University faculty, Ph.D. students, economic majors and minors, and those interested in economics research.

Contact Information:
Teresa Kabat 

Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 118
11119 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7235
United States
Speaker(s): Maulik Jagnani, Cornell University, Ph.D. Candidate
Sponsored by: Economics Department
Poor Sleep


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