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Students Educating Students: The Emerging Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education

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  • Goethals, G.
  • Winston, G.
  • Zimmerman, D.

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The quality of the education a student gets at a college or university depends both on the school's resources - faculty, facilities, libraries - and importantly on the quality of his or her fellow students. He or she simply learns more - better, faster, more deeply - in the company of able students than with weak ones. Put that way, the proposition seems reasonable, persuasive, and appealing - we can usually get by simply by asserting it. But as we've looked more closely at those "peer effects," we have encountered an increasingly complicated, subtle, and often slippery set of issues: at base, not much is known about peer effects in higher education, despite their potential importance. The purpose of this paper is, in a sense, to describe the structure of our ignorance - what it looks like, why it matters, and what might be done to overcome it - a research agenda.

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  • Goethals, G. & Winston, G. & Zimmerman, D., 1999. "Students Educating Students: The Emerging Role of Peer Effects in Higher Education," Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education DP-50, Department of Economics, Williams College.
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    1. Winston, Gordon C., 1987. "Activity choice : A new approach to economic behavior," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 8(4), pages 567-585, December.
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    1. Ehrenberg, R.G.Ronald G., 2004. "Econometric studies of higher education," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 121(1-2), pages 19-37.
    2. Mause Karsten, 2008. "Ist Bildung eine Ware? Ein Klärungsversuch / Is Education a Market Good? An Attempt to Clarify," ORDO. Jahrbuch für die Ordnung von Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, De Gruyter, vol. 59(1), pages 363-380, January.
    3. Walton, Nina, 2010. "The price of admission: Who gets into private school, and how much do they pay?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 29(5), pages 738-750, October.

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    Keywords

    EDUCATION ; BEHAVIOUR ; LEARNING;

    JEL classification:

    • D80 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - General
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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