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The impact of peer achievement and peer heterogeneity on own achievement growth: Evidence from school transitions

David Kiss

Economics of Education Review, 2013, vol. 37, issue C, 58-65

Abstract: This paper estimates ability peer effects on achievement growth in reading and math. It exploits variation in peer characteristics generated at the transition from primary to secondary school in a sample of Berlin fifth-graders. As will be discussed in detail, this variation is exogenous in large parts. Results are similar for both achievement measures: pupils benefit from abler peers, but high-achievers do so to a smaller extent. The variance in peer skills has no impact on achievement growth – the corresponding estimates are negative, but insignificant.

Keywords: Ability peer effects among high-achievers; Natural experiment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I28 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2013.08.002

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