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Girl Power? An analysis of peer effects using exogenous changes in the gender make-up of the peer group

Steven Proud ()

The Centre for Market and Public Organisation from The Centre for Market and Public Organisation, University of Bristol, UK

Abstract: The effect of a child’s peers has long been regarded as an important factor in affecting their educational outcomes. However, these effects are often difficult to estimate. I use exogenous changes in the proportion of girls within English school cohorts to estimate the effect of a more female peer group, estimated in all schools, and in a subset of schools that only include one classroom per academic year. I find significant negative effects of a more female peer group on boys’ outcomes in English. In maths and science, all pupils benefit from a more female peer group up until age 11.

Keywords: peer groups; education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J1 D1 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 21 pages
Date: 2009-03
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Journal Article: GIRL POWER? AN ANALYSIS OF PEER EFFECTS USING EXOGENOUS CHANGES IN THE GENDER MAKE-UP OF THE PEER GROUP (2014) Downloads
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