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Peer Effects, Social Multipliers and Migrants at School: An International Comparison

  • Entorf, Horst


    (Goethe University Frankfurt)

  • Lauk, Martina


    (Darmstadt University of Technology)

This article analyses the school performance of migrants dependent on peer groups in different international schooling environments. Using data from the international OECD PISA test, we consider social interaction within and between groups of natives and migrants. Results based on social multipliers (Glaeser et al. 2000, 2003) suggest that both native-to-native and migrant-to-migrant peer effects are higher in ability-differencing school systems than in comprehensive schools. Thus, non-comprehensive school systems seem to magnify the already existing educational inequality between students with a low parental socioeconomic migration background and children from more privileged families. Students with a migration background and a disadvantageous parental status would benefit from higher diversity within schools.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2182.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2008, 34(4), 633-654
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2182
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