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Teens respond to peer pressure?

Leonardo Bursztyn and Robert Jensen offer a very clever study of peer effects. They offered 11th graders a free SAT prep course, using two different sign-up forms differing in only one word. That difference of one word implied that their … Continue reading

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Elite high schools and peer effects

Do elite high school produce elite results…over and above what would be expected from the fact that students admitted to elite high schools are academically gifted? Will Dobbie and Roland Fryer looked at three New York City high schools where … Continue reading

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New evidence on peer effects

My colleague Michael Gottfried offers us some evidence that peer effects in school can be pretty large. Measuring peer effects is hard. Here’s the problem: Suppose parents of particularly able kids maneuver their children into classes where learning works really … Continue reading

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Peer effects

Are students helped by having other smart studentsĀ as classmates? Answering this question is a surprisingly difficult statistical problem. Suppose schools tend to track students by ability. (Suppose???) When you look at a high-achieving student you’ll see that she tends to … Continue reading

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