Do Peers Affect Student Achievement in China's Secondary Schools?
AbstractPeer effects have figured prominently in debates on school vouchers, desegregation, ability tracking and anti-poverty programs. Compelling evidence of their existence remains scarce for plaguing endogeneity issues such as selection bias and the reflection problem. This paper is among the first to firmly establish the link between peer performance and student achievement, using a unique dataset from China. We find strong evidence that peer effects exist and operate in a positive and nonlinear manner; reducing the variation of peer performance increases achievement; and our semi-parametric estimates clarify the tradeoffs facing policymakers in exploiting positive peers effects to increase future achievement.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1047.
Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Publication status: Forthcoming in The Review of Economics and Statistics
Peer Effects; Ability Grouping; Selection on observables; China; Academic performance; Teacher quality;
Other versions of this item:
- Weili Ding & Steven F. Lehrer, 2007. "Do Peers Affect Student Achievement in China's Secondary Schools?," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 89(2), pages 300-312, May.
- Weili Ding & Steven F. Lehrer, 2006. "Do Peers Affect Student Achievement in China's Secondary Schools?," NBER Working Papers 12305, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
- I2 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education
- Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Social and Economic Stratification
- P36 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Consumer Economics; Health; Education and Training; Welfare, Income, Wealth, and Poverty
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-03-18 (All new papers)
- NEP-CNA-2006-03-18 (China)
- NEP-EDU-2006-03-18 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2006-03-18 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-SEA-2006-03-18 (South East Asia)
- NEP-SOC-2006-03-18 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
- NEP-TRA-2006-03-18 (Transition Economics)
- NEP-URE-2006-03-18 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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