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The Long-Run Effects of Disruptive Peers

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  • Scott E. Carrell

    () (University of California, Davis)

  • Mark Hoekstra

    () (Texas A&M University)

  • Elira Kuka

    () (Southern Methodist University)

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A large and growing literature has documented the importance of peer effects in education. However, there is relatively little evidence on the long-run educational and labor market consequences of childhood peers. We examine this question by linking administrative data on elementary school students to subsequent test scores, college attendance and completion, and earnings. To distinguish the effect of peers from confounding factors, we exploit the population variation in the proportion of children from families linked to domestic violence, who have been shown to disrupt contemporaneous behavior and learning. Results show that exposure to a disruptive peer in classes of 25 during elementary school reduces earnings at age 24 to 28 by 3 percent. We estimate that differential exposure to children linked to domestic violence explains 5 percent of the rich-poor earnings gap in our data, and that each year of exposure to a disruptive peer reduces the present discounted value of classmates� future earnings by $80,000

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  • Scott E. Carrell & Mark Hoekstra & Elira Kuka, 2018. "The Long-Run Effects of Disruptive Peers," Departmental Working Papers 1804, Southern Methodist University, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:smu:ecowpa:1804
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    Keywords

    Peer Effects; Domestic Violence;

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    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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