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Self-control and peer groups: An empirical analysis

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  • Battaglini, Marco
  • Díaz, Carlos
  • Patacchini, Eleonora

We exploit the exogenous variation in peer groups generated by high school to college transitions to study the theoretical predictions of Battaglini et al.’s (2005) model of self-control in peer groups. We find evidence consistent with the two key predictions of this theory regarding the relationship between an agent's expected level of self-control and the size and composition of his or her social circles: (i) students embedded in social circles have more self-control than those who are alone and their self-control is increasing in the size of their social group; (ii) students’ self-control is, however, a non-monotonic hump-shaped function of the average self-control of their friends.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Volume (Year): 134 (2017)
Issue (Month): C ()
Pages: 240-254

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jeborg:v:134:y:2017:i:c:p:240-254
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2016.12.018
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