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GIRL POWER? AN ANALYSIS OF PEER EFFECTS USING EXOGENOUS CHANGES IN THE GENDER MAKE-UP OF THE PEER GROUP

Steven Proud ()

Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, 2014, vol. 14, issue 3, 5-18

Abstract: The effect of a child’s peers has long been regarded as an important factor in affecting their educational outcomes. I use exogenous changes in the proportion of girls within English school cohorts to estimate the causal effect of a more female peer group. I find significant negative effects of a more female peer group on boys’ outcomes in English, particularly at age 7. Much, but not all, of this deficit is caught up by age 11, but there is still a significant negative effect present. In maths and science, all pupils benefit from a more female peer group in primary schools.

Keywords: gender; education; peer groups. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 D1 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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