The Impact of Study Groups and Roommates on Academic Performance

45 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2012 Last revised: 5 Nov 2013

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Tarun Jain

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

Mudit Kapoor

Indian School of Business

Date Written: October 13, 2013

Abstract

This paper uses random assignment of students to investigate the impact of study groups and roommates on academic achievement. We find that informal social interaction with roommates has a significant positive impact on academic achievement while study group peers have no discernible impact, a result driven by group heterogeneity in ability. We also find that lower ability students benefit from high ability students but not vice versa.

Keywords: Peer effects, Social networks, Management education

JEL Classification: I23, L23

Suggested Citation

Jain, Tarun and Kapoor, Mudit, The Impact of Study Groups and Roommates on Academic Performance (October 13, 2013). Indian School of Business Working Paper No. ISB-WP/103/2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2147225 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2147225

Tarun Jain (Contact Author)

Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )

Mudit Kapoor

Indian School of Business ( email )

Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

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