Gibbons, Stephen and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2008) Peers and achievement in England's secondary schools. SERC Discussion paper, SERCDP0001. Spatial Economics Research Centre, London, UK.
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The belief that children thrive if educated amongst higher-achieving schoolmates guides many parents in their choice of school. We extend the literature on this issue by considering children making the transition from primary to secondary schooling at age-11 in England. We use year-to-year changes in school composition to identify the impact of schoolmates on pupil progress at age 14. Traditional "linear-in-means" specifications lead us to conclude that prior achievements of a child's schoolmates are, on average, unrelated to his/her academic progress. However, this masks evidence that lower achieving pupils are disadvantaged by higher achieving schoolmates, whereas upper-middle ranking pupils benefit.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Discussion Paper)|
|Additional Information:||© 2008 The Authors|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||L Education > LC Special aspects of education|
|Sets:||Departments > Geography and Environment
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