The Impact of Study Groups and Roommates on Academic Performance
45 Pages Posted: 16 Sep 2012 Last revised: 5 Nov 2013
Date Written: October 13, 2013
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
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