Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110684
Authors: 
Del Bello, Carlo L.
Patacchini, Eleonora
Zenou, Yves
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8956
Abstract: 
Using unique geo-coded information on the residential address of a representative sample of American adolescents and their friends, we revisit the importance of geographical proximity in shaping education outcomes. Our findings reveal no evidence of residential neighborhood effects. Social proximity, as measured by similarity in religion, race and family income as well as in unobserved characteristics, appears to play a major role in facilitating peer influence. Our empirical strategy is able to control for the endogeneity of both social network and location choices.
Subjects: 
neighborhood effects
social networks
link formation
education
JEL: 
C21
Z13
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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