On the optimal allocation of students when peer effect works: Tracking vs Mixing
Marisa Hidalgo-Hidalgo ()
No 08/18, Discussion Papers in Economics from Division of Economics, School of Business, University of Leicester
The belief that both the behavior and outcomes of students are affected by their peers is important in shaping education policy. I analyze two polar education systems -tracking and mixing- and propose several criteria for their comparison. I find that tracking is the system that maximizes average human capital in societies where the distribution of pre-school achievement is not very dispersed. I also find that when peer effects and individuals’ pre-school achievement are close substitutes, all risk averse individuals prefer mixing.
Keywords: Human Capital; Efficiency; Peer Effects; Tracking, Mixing (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D63 I28 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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