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Do Peer Groups Matter? Peer Group versus Schooling Effects on Academic Attainment


Donald Robertson


Cambridge University - Department of Economics

James Symons


University College London - Department of Economics


Economica, Vol. 70, pp. 31-53, 2003

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This paper estimates an educational production function. Educational attainment is a function of peer group, parental input and schooling. Conventional measures of school quality are not good predictors for academic attainment, once we control for peer group effects; parental qualities also have strong effects on academic attainment. This academic attainment is a then a key determinant of subsequent labour market success, as measured by earnings. The main methodological innovation in this paper is the nomination of a set of instruments, very broad regions of birth, which, as a whole, pass close scrutiny for validity and permit unbiased estimation of the production function.

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Date posted: April 12, 2003  

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Robertson, Donald and Symons, James, Do Peer Groups Matter? Peer Group versus Schooling Effects on Academic Attainment. Economica, Vol. 70, pp. 31-53, 2003. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=388214

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Donald Robertson (Contact Author)
Cambridge University - Department of Economics ( email )
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James Symons
University College London - Department of Economics ( email )
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