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Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education

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  • Patacchini, Eleonora
  • Rainone, Edoardo
  • Zenou, Yves

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We develop a network model looking at the role of different types of peers in education. The empirical salience of the model is tested using a very detailed longitudinal dataset of adolescent friendship networks. We find that there are strong and persistent peer effects in education but peers tend to be influential only when their friendships last more than a year and not a shorter period of time. In the short run, however, both types of ties have an impact on current grades.

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  • Patacchini, Eleonora & Rainone, Edoardo & Zenou, Yves, 2014. "Heterogeneous Peer Effects in Education," CEPR Discussion Papers 9804, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:9804
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    Keywords

    education; efficient 2SLS estimation; long-term peer effects; Social networks; spatial autoregressive model;

    JEL classification:

    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction Models
    • D85 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Network Formation
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification

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