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Peer effects: evidence from secondary school transition in England

Gibbons, Stephen ORCID: 0000-0002-2871-8562 and Telhaj, Shqiponja (2016) Peer effects: evidence from secondary school transition in England. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 78 (4). pp. 548-575. ISSN 0305-9049

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Identification Number: 10.1111/obes.12095


We estimate the effect of peers' prior achievement on student progress in secondary school, using administrative data on four cohorts of students in England. Students leaving primary for secondary school experience a big change in their peer group and these changes vary randomly from cohort to cohort. We exploit this variation to identify the effect of new peers on student achievement. We show that peer quality on entry to secondary school has a significant effect on students' subsequent achievement at age 14. The effect sizes are relatively small and are linked to peers' family background and early age achievements.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Department of Economics, University of Oxford and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2015 08:17
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2024 18:54

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