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The impact of peer achievement and peer heterogeneity on own achievement growth: Evidence from school transitions

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  • Kiss, David

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This paper estimates ability peer effects on achievement growth in reading and math. It exploits variation in peer characteristics generated at the transition from primary to secondary school in a sample of Berlin fifth-graders. As will be discussed in detail, this variation is exogenous in large parts. Results are similar for both achievement measures: pupils benefit from abler peers, but high-achievers do so to a smaller extent. The variance in peer skills has no impact on achievement growth – the corresponding estimates are negative, but insignificant.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 58-65

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:37:y:2013:i:c:p:58-65

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Keywords: Ability peer effects among high-achievers; Natural experiment;

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