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From Ties to Gains? Evidence on Connectedness and Human Capital Acquisition

Philip Babcock

Journal of Human Capital, 2008, vol. 2, issue 4, 379-409

Abstract: This paper uses micro-level data on social networks in middle and secondary schools to estimate effects of connectedness on education attainment outcomes. The analysis addresses concerns about unobserved neighborhood and school-level heterogeneity by using within-school variation between grade cohorts to identify effects of connectedness. Main findings include that being part of a more connected cohort within a given secondary or middle school is associated with significantly higher years of schooling attained and higher probability of having attended college 7 years later.

Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1086/596554

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