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Friendship Network in the Classroom: Parents Bias and Peer Effects

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  • Fabio Landini

    (Department of Economics, University of Siena)

  • Natalia Montinari

    (University of Lund)

  • Paolo Pin

    (University of Siena)

  • Marco Piovesan

    (Department of Economics, Copenhagen University)

Abstract

We interview both parents and their children enrolled in six primary schools in the district of Treviso (Italy). We study the structural differences between the children network of friends reported by children and the one elicited asking their parents. We find that the parents’ network has a bias: parents expect peer effects on school achievement to be stronger than what they really are. Thus, parents of low-performing students report their children to be friends of high-performing students. Our numerical simulations indicate that when this bias is combined with a bias on how some children target friends, then there is a multiplier effect on the expected school achievement.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics in its series Discussion Papers with number 14-06.

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Length: 42 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:1406

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Keywords: Social networks; primary school; friendships; parents' bias; homophily; peer effects; bonacich centrality;

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