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Peer Effects in Exogenously Formed University Student Groups

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  • Gregory Androushchak

    (Head of the Laboratory for Analysis and Modelling of Institutional Dynamics, National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Oleg Poldin

    (Associate Professor, National Research University Higher School of Economics)

  • Maria Yudkevich

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    (Director of the Center for Institutional Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics)

Abstract

We estimate the influence of classmates’ ability characteristics on student achievement in exogenously formed student groups. The study uses administrative data on undergraduate students at a large selective university in Russia. The presence of high-ability classmates has a positive effect on individual academic performance, and students at the top of the ability distribution derive the greatest benefit from their presence. An increase in the proportion of less able students has an insignificant or negative influence on individual grades.

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Paper provided by National Research University Higher School of Economics in its series HSE Working papers with number WP BRP 03/EDU/2012.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in WP BRP Series: Education / EDU, March 2012, pages 1-19
Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:03edu2012

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  1. Oleg Poldin & Dilyara Valeeva & Maria Yudkevich, 2013. "How social ties affect peer-group effects: a case of university students," HSE Working papers WP BRP 15/SOC/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.

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