Do Peers Influence Achievement in High School Economics? Evidence from Georgia's Economic End of Course Test
23 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2009
Date Written: January 13, 2009
This paper provides the first estimates of the impact of peers on achievement in high school economics. The estimates are obtained by analyzing three years of data on all high school students who take Georgia's required Economics course and its accompanying high stakes End of Course Test. We utilize an instrumental variables approach to control for selection bias, simultaneity, and measurement error in the measure of peer quality. We find that a one-standard deviation increase in the prior academic achievement of peers increases achievement in economics by about 0.09 standard deviations.
JEL Classification: A2
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