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Peer effects: evidence from secondary school transition in England

Gibbons, Stephen and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2012) Peer effects: evidence from secondary school transition in England. IZA discussion paper, 6455. Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany.

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Identification Number: 6455

Abstract

We study the effects of peers on school achievement, with detailed data on children making the same primary to secondary school transition in consecutive years in England. Our estimates show that secondary school composition, on entry at age 12, affects achievement at age 14, although the effect sizes are small. These secondary school peer effects originate in peer characteristics encapsulated in family background and early achievements (age 7), rather than subsequent test score gains in primary school. Our specifications control for individual unobservables and school fixed effects and trends, rendering peer group composition conditionally uncorrelated with student's characteristics.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.iza.org/
Additional Information: © 2012 Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 09:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2012 14:39
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/44673

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