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Title:Peers, neighborhoods and immigrant student achievement: evidence from a placement policy PDF Logo
Authors:Åslund, Olof
Edin, Per-Anders
Fredriksson, Peter
Grönqvist, Hans
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4521
Abstract:Immigrants typically perform worse than other students in the OECD countries. We examine to what extent this is due to the population characteristics of the neighborhoods that immigrants grow up in. We address this issue using a governmental refugee placement policy which provides exogenous variation in the initial place of residence in Sweden. The main result is that, for a given share of immigrants in a neighborhood, immigrant school performance is increasing in the number of highly educated adults sharing the subject's ethnicity. A standard deviation increase in the fraction of highly educated adults in the assigned neighborhood increases compulsory school GPA by 0.9 percentile ranks. This magnitude corresponds to a tenth of the gap in student performance between refugee immigrant and native-born children. We also provide tentative evidence that the overall share of immigrants in the neighborhood has a negative effect on GPA.
Subjects:Peer effects
ethnic enclaves
immigration
school performance
JEL:J15
I20
Z13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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