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dc.contributor.authorWinston, Gordon C.en_US
dc.contributor.authorZimmerman, David J.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper was prepared as a chapter for College Decisions: How StudentsActually Make Them and How They Could, edited by Caroline Hoxby for publication bythe University of Chicago Press for the NBER. In this chapter, we describe the potentialsignificance of student peer effects for the economic structure and behavior of highereducation. Their existence would motivate much of the restricted supply, studentqueuing, and selectivity – and institutional competition via merit aid and honors colleges – that we see in American higher education; their (appropriate) non-linearity could justifythe resulting stratification of higher education as an efficient way to produce humancapital. In addition, we use data from the College and Beyond entering class of 1989,combined with phonebook data identifying roommates, to implement a quasiexperimentalempirical strategy aimed at measuring peer effects in academic outcomes.In particular, we use data on individual students? grades, SAT scores, and the SAT scoresof their roommates at three schools to estimate the effect of roommates' academiccharacteristics on an individual's grades. The results suggest that, for two of the threeschools used, students in the middle of the SAT distribution do somewhat worse in termsof grades if they share a room with a student who is in the bottom 15 percent of the SATdistribution. Students in the top of the SAT distribution appear often not to be affectedby the SAT scores of their roommates. These results are similar to those reported inearlier research using data from Williams (Zimmerman) and Dartmouth (Sacerdote).en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aWPEHE discussion paper series / Williams College, Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education |x64en_US
dc.subject.stwPeer Effectsen_US
dc.titlePeer Effects in Higher Educationen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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