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Do Peers Influence Achievement in High School Economics? Evidence from Georgia's Economics End of Course Test


  • Christopher Clark
  • Benjamin Scafidi
  • John R. Swinton


The authors provide the first estimates of the impact of peers on achievement in high school economics. The estimates are obtained by analyzing three years of data on all high school students who take Georgia's required economics course and its accompanying high-stakes End of Course Test (Georgia Department of Education). They use an instrumental variables approach with teacher-level fixed effects to control for selection bias, simultaneity, measurement error in the measure of peer quality, and nonrandom assignment of teachers to students. The authors find that an increase of one standard deviation in the prior academic achievement of peers increases achievement in economics by 0.03 standard deviation.

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  • Christopher Clark & Benjamin Scafidi & John R. Swinton, 2011. "Do Peers Influence Achievement in High School Economics? Evidence from Georgia's Economics End of Course Test," The Journal of Economic Education, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 42(1), pages 3-18, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jeduce:v:42:y:2011:i:1:p:3-18
    DOI: 10.1080/00220485.2011.536486

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    1. William Bosshardt & Peter E. Kennedy, 2011. "Data Resources and Econometric Techniques," Chapters,in: International Handbook on Teaching and Learning Economics, chapter 35 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. Robert G. Valletta & K. Jody Hoff & Jane S. Lopus, 2014. "Lost In Translation? Teacher Training And Outcomes In High School Economics Classes," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 32(4), pages 695-709, October.
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