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Peer effects, financial aid and selection of students into colleges and universities: an empirical analysis

  • Holger Sieg

    (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 and NBER, USA)

  • Dennis Epple

    (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890 and NBER, USA)

  • Richard Romano

    (University of Florida, Florida, USA)

This paper develops a model in which colleges seek to maximize the quality of the educational experience provided to their students. We deduce predictions about the hierarchy of schools that emerges in equilibrium, the allocation of students by income and ability among schools, and about the pricing policies that schools adopt. The empirical findings of this paper suggest that there is a hierarchy of school qualities which is characterized by substantial stratification by income and ability. The evidence on pricing by ability is supportive of positive peer effects in educational achievement from high ability at the college level. Copyright © 2003 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Volume (Year): 18 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 501-525

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