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Peer Effects in Exogenously Formed University Student Groups

Gregory Androushchak, Oleg Poldin and Maria Yudkevich
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Gregory Androushchak: Head of the Laboratory for Analysis and Modelling of Institutional Dynamics, National Research University Higher School of Economics

No WP BRP 03/EDU/2012, HSE Working papers from National Research University Higher School of Economics

Abstract: We estimate the influence of classmates’ ability characteristics on student achievement in exogenously formed student groups. The study uses administrative data on undergraduate students at a large selective university in Russia. The presence of high-ability classmates has a positive effect on individual academic performance, and students at the top of the ability distribution derive the greatest benefit from their presence. An increase in the proportion of less able students has an insignificant or negative influence on individual grades.

Keywords: peer effects; higher education; exogenous assignment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I23 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2012
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Published in WP BRP Series: Education / EDU, March 2012, pages 1-19

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