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Girl Power? An Analysis Of Peer Effects Using Exogenous Changes In The Gender Make-Up Of The Peer Group

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The effect of a child’s peers has long been regarded as an important factor in affecting their educational outcomes. I use exogenous changes in the proportion of girls within English school cohorts to estimate the causal effect of a more female peer group. I find significant negative effects of a more female peer group on boys’ outcomes in English, particularly at age 7. Much, but not all, of this deficit is caught up by age 11, but there is still a significant negative effect present. In maths and science, all pupils benefit from a more female peer group in primary schools.

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  • Proud, S., 2014. "Girl Power? An Analysis Of Peer Effects Using Exogenous Changes In The Gender Make-Up Of The Peer Group," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(3), pages 5-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:eaa:eerese:v:14:y2014:i:3_1
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    1. Schneeweis, Nicole & Zweimüller, Martina, 2012. "Girls, girls, girls: Gender composition and female school choice," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 31(4), pages 482-500.
    2. Proud, S., 2014. "Girl Power? An Analysis Of Peer Effects Using Exogenous Changes In The Gender Make-Up Of The Peer Group," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(3), pages 5-18.
    3. Wen Fan, 2011. "School tenure and student achievement," Working Papers 201124, School of Economics, University College Dublin.

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    gender; education; peer groups.;

    JEL classification:

    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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