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Heterogeneous peer effects in education

Eleonora Patacchini, Edoardo Rainone () and Yves Zenou ()
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Edoardo Rainone: Banca d'Italia

No 1048, Temi di discussione (Economic working papers) from Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area

Abstract: We investigate whether, how, and why individual education attainment depends on the educational attainment of schoolmates. Specifically, using longitudinal data on students and their friends during the school years in a nationally representative set of US schools, we consider the impact of different types of peers on education outcomes. We find that there are strong and persistent peer effects in education, but peers tend to be influential in the long run only when their friendships last more than one year. This evidence is consistent with a network model where convergence of preferences and the emergence of social norms among peers require long-term interactions.

Keywords: spatial autoregressive model; heterogeneous spillovers; 2SLS estimation; Bayesian estimation; education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 D85 Z13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-01
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