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Do peer groups matter? Peer groups versus schooling effects on academic attainment

Robertson, D. and Symons, J. (1996) Do peer groups matter? Peer groups versus schooling effects on academic attainment. CEPDP, 311. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753009455

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Abstract

In this paper we estimate an educational production function. Educational attainment is a function of three types of inputs: peer group, parental and schooling. We find that conventional measures of school quality are not good predictors for academic attainment, once we control for peer group effects. Parental qualities also have strong effects on academic atainment. This academic attainment is then a key determinant of subsequent labour market success, as measured by earnings.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 1996 the authors
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 311
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2008 09:54
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/20646/

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