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Quasi-Experimental Evidence of Peer Effects in First-Year Economics Courses at a Chinese University

Qihui Chen (), Guoqiang Tian and Tade Okediji

The Journal of Economic Education, 2014, vol. 45, issue 4, 304-319

Abstract: The authors of this article implement a quasi-experimental strategy to estimate peer effects in economic education by exploiting the institutional setting in a large public university in China, where roommates are randomly assigned conditional on a student's major and province of origin. They found significant impacts of peer academic quality, measured as roommates' average scores on the national College Entrance Exam, on first-year economics students' scores in first-year microeconomics, macroeconomics, and accounting courses. They also found nonlinearity in peer effects: Roommates' academic ability has significant effects for academically weak students but not for academically strong students.

Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2014.946546

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