Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77767
Authors: 
Hidalgo-Hidalgo, Marisa
Year of Publication: 
2011
Citation: 
[Journal:] SERIEs - Journal of the Spanish Economic Association [ISSN:] 1869-4195 [Publisher:] Springer [Place:] Heidelberg [Volume:] 2 [Year:] 2011 [Issue:] 1 [Pages:] 31-52
Abstract: 
The belief that both the behavior and outcomes of students are affected by their peers is important in shaping education policy. I analyze two polar education systems -tracking and mixing- and propose several criteria for their comparison. I find that tracking is the system that maximizes average human capital. Nevertheless, no single system is unanimously preferred by the entire population. In addition, I find that the gains of tracking, compared to mixing, are sensitive to changes in the level of dispersion in the pre-school achievement distribution of the population.
Subjects: 
human capital
efficiency
peer effects
tracking
mixing
JEL: 
D63
I28
J24
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Creative Commons License: 
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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