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Student’s social ties and the choice of specialization

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  • Valeeva, Dilyara

    (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

  • Poldin, Oleg

    (Higher School of Economics, Nizhnii Novgorod, Russia)

  • Yudkevich, Maria

    (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia)

Abstract

We estimate the correlation between student’s choice of specialization and the choices of the students connected by social ties. We use data on students of Economics department at one of the Russian universities and show that the choice is linked with the choice of friends as well as study assistants. The strongest effect is produced by those friends that are study assistants at the same time and those that have similar academic achievements. Mutual friendship ties show more significant effect than non-mutual ties. Results allow us to understand better the mechanisms of peer effects in choice of concentration.

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  • Valeeva, Dilyara & Poldin, Oleg & Yudkevich, Maria, 2014. "Student’s social ties and the choice of specialization," Applied Econometrics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), vol. 34(2), pages 80-94.
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    peer effects; higher education; student achievement; social networks.;
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    JEL classification:

    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • I24 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Education and Inequality

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