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Peers and achievement in England's secondary schools

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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Abstract

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)
Official URL: http://www.spatialeconomics.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2008 The Authors
Library of Congress subject classification: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Collections > Economists Online
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: SERCDP0001
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 11:46
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30854/

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