The Effect of Immigrant Peers in Vocational Schools
Tommaso Frattini and
Elena Meschi ()
No 11027, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
This paper provides new evidence on how the presence of immigrant peers in the classroom affects native student achievement. The analysis is based on longitudinal administrative data on two cohorts of vocational training students in Italy's largest region. Vocational training institutions provide the ideal setting for studying these effects because they attract not only disproportionately high shares of immigrants but also the lowest ability native students. We adopt a value added model, and exploit within-school variation both within and across cohorts for identification. Our results show small negative average effects on maths test scores that are larger for low ability native students, strongly non-linear and only observable in classes with a high (top 20%) immigrant concentration. These outcomes are driven by classes with a high average linguistic distance between immigrants and natives, with no apparent role played by ethnic diversity.
Keywords: immigration; education; peer effects; vocational training; language (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I20 J15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 40 pages
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Published in: European Economic Review, 2019, 113, 1-22
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