Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education

59 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2014

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Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Edoardo Rainone

Bank of Italy

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: February 2014

Abstract

We develop a network model looking at the role of different types of peers in education. The empirical salience of the model is tested using a very detailed longitudinal dataset of adolescent friendship networks. We find that there are strong and persistent peer effects in education but peers tend to be influential only when their friendships last more than a year and not a shorter period of time. In the short run, however, both types of ties have an impact on current grades.

Keywords: education, efficient 2SLS estimation, long-term peer effects, Social networks, spatial autoregressive model

JEL Classification: C31, D85, I21, Z13

Suggested Citation

Patacchini, Eleonora and Rainone, Edoardo and Zenou, Yves, Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education (February 2014). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP9804, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2444803

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