Peer Group Effects on the Academic Performance of Italian Students

Posted: 24 Jan 2009

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Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Vincenzo Scoppa

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics

Date Written: January, 14 2009

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.

Keywords: Peer Group Effects, Education, Academic Performance, Two-Stage Least Squares

JEL Classification: I21, Z13, J24

Suggested Citation

De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo, Peer Group Effects on the Academic Performance of Italian Students (January, 14 2009). Applied Economics, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1327788

Maria De Paola

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

Vincenzo Scoppa (Contact Author)

Università degli Studi della Calabria - Department of Economics and Statistics ( email )

via Ponte Bucci
Arcavacata di Rende, Cosenza 87036
Italy

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