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Social interactions and student achievement in a developing country : An instrumental variables approach

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  • Asadullah, Mohammad Niaz
  • Chaudhury, Nazmul

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This paper identifies endogenous social effects in mathematics test performance for eighth graders in rural Bangladesh using information on arsenic contamination of water wells at home as an instrument. In other words, the identification relies on variation in test scores among peers owing to exogenous exposure to arsenic contaminated water wells at home. The results suggest that the peer effect is significant, and school selection plays little role in biasing peer effects estimates.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4508.

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Date of creation: 01 Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4508

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Keywords: Tertiary Education; Education For All; Teaching and Learning; Primary Education; Secondary Education;

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