Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/102145
Authors: 
Murphy, Richard
Weinhardt, Felix
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 4815
Abstract: 
This paper examines the long-run impact of ordinal rank during primary school on productivity using comprehensive English administrative data. Identification is obtained from variation in test score distributions across cohorts and subjects, such that the same score relative to the class mean can have different ranks. Conditional on cardinal measures of achievement, being ranked highly during primary school has large effects on secondary school achievement, with the impact of rank being more important for boys than girls. Using additional survey data we find that the development of confidence is the most likely mechanisms for this effect on task-specific productivity.
Subjects: 
rank
non-cognitive skills
peer effects
productivity
JEL: 
I21
J24
M54
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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