Own Motivation, Peer Motivation, and Educational Success
No 8696, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo
I study how motivation shapes own and peers’ educational success. Using data from Project STAR, I ﬁnd that academic motivation in early elementary school, as measured by a standardized psychological test, predicts contemporaneous and future test scores, high school GPA, and college-test taking over and above cognitive skills. Exploiting random assignment of students to classes, I ﬁnd that exposure to motivated classmates causally aﬀects contemporaneous reading achievement, a peer eﬀect that operates over and above spillovers from classmates’ past achieve-ment and socio-demographic composition. However, peer motivation does not aﬀect longer-term educational success, likely because it does not change own motivation.
Keywords: motivation; personality; peer effects; Project STAR (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I21 J13 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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