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Title:The impact of peer ability and heterogeneity on student achievement: Evidence from a natural experiment PDF Logo
Authors:Kiss, David
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:IWQW discussion paper series 02/2011
Abstract:This paper estimates the impact of peer achievement and variance on math achievement growth. It exploits exogenous variation in peer characteristics generated at the transition to upper-secondary school in a sample of Berlin fifth graders. Parents and schools are barely able to condition their decisions on peer characteristics since classes are newly built up from a large pool of elementary school pupils. I find positive peer effects on achievement growth and no effects for peer variance. Lower-achieving pupils benefit more from abler peers. Results from simulations suggest that pupils are slightly better off in comprehensive than in ability-tracked school systems.
Subjects:peer effects in secondary school
comparison between ability-tracked and comprehensive school
natural experiment
JEL:I21
I28
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IWQW Discussion Paper Series, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

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