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Peers, Neighborhoods and Immigrant Student Achievement - Evidence from a Placement Policy

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  • Åslund, Olof

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    (Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFAU), Uppsala University, IZA, and Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS).)

  • Edin, Per-Anders

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    (Uppsala University, IFAU, and UCLS.)

  • Fredriksson, Peter

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    (Stockholm University, IZA, and UCLS.)

  • Grönqvist, Hans

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    (Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI) Stockholm University.)

Abstract

We examine to what extent immigrant school performance is affected by the characteristics of the neighborhoods that they grow up in. We address this issue using a refugee placement policy which provides exogenous variation in the initial place of residence in Sweden. The main result is that school performance is increasing in the number of highly educated adults sharing the subject’s ethnicity. A standard deviation increase in the fraction of high-educated in the assigned neighborhood raises compulsory school GPA by 0.9 percentile ranks. Particularly for disadvantaged groups, there are also long-run effects on educational attainment.

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Paper provided by Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2010:24.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: 21 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2010_0024

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Keywords: Peer effects; Ethnic enclaves; Immigration; School performance;

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  6. Marco Tonello, 2011. "Mechanisms of peer interactions between native and non-native students: rejection or integration?," Working Papers 2011/21, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
  7. Stephen Gibbons & Olmo Silva & Felix Weinhardt, 2010. "Do Neighbours Affect Teenage Outcomes? Evidence from Neighbourhood Changes in England," CEE Discussion Papers 0122, Centre for the Economics of Education, LSE.
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