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The good, the bad, and the average: evidence on ability peer effects in schools

Lavy, Victor, Silva, Olmo and Weinhardt, Felix (2012) The good, the bad, and the average: evidence on ability peer effects in schools. Journal of Labor Economics, 30 (2). pp. 367-414. ISSN 0734-306X

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Abstract

We study ability peer effects in English secondary schools using data on four cohorts of students taking age-14 national tests and measuring peers' ability by prior achievements at age 11. Our identification is based on within-pupil regressions exploiting variation in achievements across three compulsory subjects tested at age 14 and age 11. Using this novel strategy, we find significant and sizable negative effects arising from bad peers at the bottom of the ability distribution but little evidence that average peer quality and good peers matter. However, these results are heterogeneous, with girls benefiting from academically bright peers and boys not.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.jstor.org/action/showPublication?journa...
Additional Information: © 2012 The University of Chicago
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2012 15:26
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/43020/

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