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Understanding Peer Effects: On the Nature, Estimation and Channels of Peer Effects

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Show simple item record Feld, Jan Zölitz, Ulf 2015-10-30T02:11:34Z 2015-10-30T02:11:34Z 2015 2015
dc.description.abstract This paper estimates peer effects in a university context where students are randomly assigned to sections. While students benefit from better peers on average, low-achieving students are harmed by high-achieving peers. Analyzing students’ course evaluations suggests that peer effects are driven by improved group interaction rather than adjustments in teachers’ behavior or students’effort. We further show, building on Angrist (2014), that classical measurement error in a setting where group assignment is systematic can lead to substantial overestimation of peer effects. With random assignment, as is the case in our setting, estimates are only attenuated. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofseries SEF Working paper ; 14/2015 en_NZ
dc.subject Peer effects en_NZ
dc.subject Higher education en_NZ
dc.subject Measurement error en_NZ
dc.subject Estimation bias en_NZ
dc.title Understanding Peer Effects: On the Nature, Estimation and Channels of Peer Effects en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Economics and Finance en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 140211 Labour Economics en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Working or Occasional Paper en_NZ
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