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The gender difference of peer influence in higher education

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  • Han, Li
  • Li, Tao

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Investigations of the existence of residential peer effects in higher education has shown mixed results. Using data from a Chinese college, we find no evidence of robust residential peer effects. Using the same data we find evidence that females respond to peer influences, whereas males do not, consistent with social psychology theories that females are more influenced by peers.

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  • Han, Li & Li, Tao, 2009. "The gender difference of peer influence in higher education," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 129-134, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:28:y:2009:i:1:p:129-134
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