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How social interactions determine input choices and outcomes in equilibrium: Evidence from a model of study time and academic achievement

Todd Stinebrickner (), Ralph Stinebrickner, Nirav Mehta and Timothy Conley
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Timothy Conley: Western Ontario

No 1175, 2015 Meeting Papers from Society for Economic Dynamics

Abstract: Due to data limitations, few papers documenting the existence of peer effects explore the mechanisms through which they operate. This paper develops and estimates an equilibrium model of study time choices made by students, given a social network. The model is designed to exploit unique data collected in the Berea Panel Study (BPS). The study time data allow us to quantify an intuitive mechanism for social interactions: one's own study time may depend on friends' study time. The detailed social network data allow us to embed these individual study time choices in an equilibrium framework, allowing for feedback effects. We find evidence of both the direct and indirect effects of friend study time. Not taking into account equilibrium behavior would understate the effect of peers on achievement by 20-30% of a standard deviation.

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Date: 2015
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