Beyond Black and White: The Impact of Asian Peers on Scholastic Achievement
Rocco d'Este and
Economics of Education Review, 2021, vol. 83, issue C
This paper examines the effects of Asian peers on non-Asian student achievement in New York City public schools. We use exogenous variation in the share of Asian students across cohorts within schools stemming from a fertility shock among the Asian population in the Chinese year of the Dragon. Results show that a 10-percentage-point increase in the share of Asian students reduces non-Asian math and ELA scores by 0.14 and 0.16 standard deviations. The reduction in achievement is associated with an increase in the share of non-Asian students who fail to demonstrate the skills expected at the grade, especially in math.
Keywords: Peer effects; Education; Public schools; Racial composition; Test scores (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 I24 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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