Do Peers Influence Achievement in High School Economics? Evidence from Georgia's Economic End of Course Test

23 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2009

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Christopher Clark

Georgia College & State University

Benjamin P. Scafidi

Georgia College & State University; Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business

John R. Swinton

Georgia College & State University

Date Written: January 13, 2009

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Clark, Christopher and Scafidi, Benjamin P. and Swinton, John R., Do Peers Influence Achievement in High School Economics? Evidence from Georgia's Economic End of Course Test (January 13, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1329675 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1329675

Christopher Clark

Georgia College & State University ( email )

Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490
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Benjamin P. Scafidi

Georgia College & State University ( email )

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Kennesaw State University - Michael J. Coles College of Business ( email )

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Kennesaw, GA 30144
United States

John R. Swinton (Contact Author)

Georgia College & State University ( email )

Milledgeville, GA 31061-0490
United States
478-445-2591 (Phone)

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