Peer Effects in Exogenously Formed University Student Groups

19 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2012

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Greg V. Androushchak

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Oleg Poldin

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Maria Yudkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: March 12, 2012

Abstract

We estimate the influence of classmates’ ability characteristics on student achievement in exogenously formed student groups. The study uses administrative data on undergraduate students at a large selective university in Russia. The presence of high-ability classmates has a positive effect on individual academic performance, and students at the top of the ability distribution derive the greatest benefit from their presence. An increase in the proportion of less able students has an insignificant or negative influence on individual grades.

Keywords: peer effects, higher education, exogenous assignment

JEL Classification: I23, J24

Suggested Citation

Androushchak, Greg V. and Poldin, Oleg and Yudkevich, Maria, Peer Effects in Exogenously Formed University Student Groups (March 12, 2012). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 03/EDU/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2020215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2020215

Greg V. Androushchak (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Oleg Poldin

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Maria Yudkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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