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Peer effects in European primary schools: evidence from PIRLS

Ammermueller, Andreas and Pischke, Jorn-Steffen (2009) Peer effects in European primary schools: evidence from PIRLS. Journal of Labor Economics, 27 (3). pp. 315-348. ISSN 0734-306X

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Abstract

We estimate peer effects for fourth graders in six European countries. The identification relies on variation across classes within schools, which we argue are formed roughly randomly. The estimates are much reduced within schools compared to the standard ordinary least squares (OLS) results. This could be explained either by selection into schools or by measurement error in the peer variable. Correcting for measurement error, we find within-school estimates close to the original OLS estimates. Our results suggest that the peer effect is modestly large, measurement error is important in our survey data, and selection plays little role in biasing peer effects estimates

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/jole/current
Additional Information: © 2009 by The University of Chicago
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 17:07
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25534/

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