Student’s social ties and the choice of specialization
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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