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Peer group effects in the academic performance of Italian students

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Scoppa, Vincenzo; Paola, Maria de

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Abstract We analyse peer effects among students of a middle-sized Italian public university. We explain students' average grade in exams passed during their Second Level Degree course on the basis of their pre-determined measures of abilities, personal characteristics and peer group abilities. Thanks to a rich administrative dataset, we are able to build a variety of definitions of peer groups, describing different kinds of students' interaction, based on classes attended together or exams taken in the same session. Self-selection problems are handled through Two-Stage Least Squares estimations using as an instrument, the exogenous assigning of students to different teaching classes in the compulsory courses attended during their First Level Degree course. We find statistically significant positive peer group effects, which are robust to the different definitions of peer group and to different measures of abilities.
Klassifikation Bildungs- und Erziehungssoziologie; Bildungswesen tertiärer Bereich
Freie Schlagwörter peer effects; human capital; university; I21; J24; Z13
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2010
Seitenangabe S. 2203-2215
Zeitschriftentitel Applied Economics, 42 (2010) 17
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00036840701765478
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)
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