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Time-Use and Academic Peer Effects in College

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  • Nirav Mehta

    (University of Western Ontario)

  • Todd Stinebrickner

    (Western University)

  • Ralph Stinebrickner

    (University of Western Ontario)

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This paper examines academic peer effects in college. Unique new data from the Berea Panel Study allow us to focus on a mechanism wherein a student’s peers affect her achievement by changing her study effort. Although the potential relevance of this mechanism has been recognized, data limitations have made it difficult to provide direct evidence about its importance. We find that a student’s freshman grade point average is affected by the amount her peers studied in high school, suggesting the importance of this mechanism. Using time diary information, we confirm that college study time is actually being affected.

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  • Nirav Mehta & Todd Stinebrickner & Ralph Stinebrickner, 2018. "Time-Use and Academic Peer Effects in College," Working Papers 2018-082, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.
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    Keywords

    peer effects; time use; higher education; mechanisms;
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    JEL classification:

    • I00 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply

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