Peer effects and school design: An analysis of efficiency and equity
AbstractThis paper estimates educational peer effects at the lower secondary level in Switzerland where different tracking systems coexist. Using a cross-sectional survey based on standardized questionnaires, the structure and magnitude of social interactions among classmates are analyzed. The results are used to find out if grouping students in a completely non-selective way could increase efficiency and equality of opportunity. Empirical findings suggest that mixing students in reading and science classes could enhance efficiency and equity while a similar practice in mathematics courses could only improve equity without any gain in efficiency.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by IRENE Institute of Economic Research in its series IRENE Working Papers with number 12-01.
Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2012
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Peer effects; ability tracking; family background; equality of opportunity; quantile regression.;
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- I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2012-09-16 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2012-09-16 (Education)
- NEP-EFF-2012-09-16 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-LAB-2012-09-16 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-URE-2012-09-16 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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