Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education

68 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2016

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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: January 21, 2016

Abstract

We investigate whether, how, and why individual education attainment depends on the educational attainment of schoolmates. Specifically, using longitudinal data on students and their friends during the school years in a nationally representative set of US schools, we consider the impact of different types of peers on education outcomes. We find that there are strong and persistent peer effects in education, but peers tend to be influential in the long run only when their friendships last more than one year. This evidence is consistent with a network model where convergence of preferences and the emergence of social norms among peers require long-term interactions.

Keywords: spatial autoregressive model, heterogeneous spillovers, 2SLS estimation, Bayesian estimation, education

JEL Classification: C31, D85, Z13

Suggested Citation

Patacchini, Eleonora and Rainone, Edoardo and Zenou, Yves, Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education (January 21, 2016). Bank of Italy Temi di Discussione (Working Paper) No. 1048, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757612 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2757612

Eleonora Patacchini

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Edoardo Rainone (Contact Author)

Bank of Italy ( email )

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Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Stockholm University ( email )

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IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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