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Exploring peer effects in education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Alejandro Izaguirre and Laura Di Capua

Research in Economics, 2020, vol. 74, issue 1, 73-86

Abstract: This paper assesses peer group influence on academic performance of primary school students in Latin America and the Caribbean. Based on TERCE data set, we investigate peer effects in mathematics, language and sciences tests outcomes among sixth grade students. We apply a social interaction model which allows to identify endogenous and exogenous peer effects while controlling for group-level fixed effects. We explore some heterogeneities related to the school type (private, public or rural). The estimates suggest the existence of endogenous peer effects but their magnitude and significance depend on subject and school type.

Keywords: Peer effects; Group interaction; Academic performance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.rie.2020.02.001

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