Do Classmate Effects Fade Out?

33 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012

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Robert Bifulco

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

Jason M. Fletcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs; Yale University - School of Public Health

Sun Jung Oh

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research

Stephen L. Ross

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics

Date Written: December 2012

Abstract

Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, this study examines the impact of high school cohort composition on the educational and labor market outcomes of individuals during their early 20s and again during their late 20s and early 30s. We find that the positive effects of having more high school classmates with a college educated mother on college attendance in the years immediately following high school fade out as students reach their later 20s and early 30s, and are not followed by comparable effects on college completion and labor market outcomes.

Suggested Citation

Bifulco, Robert and Fletcher, Jason M. and Oh, Sun Jung and Ross, Stephen L., Do Classmate Effects Fade Out? (December 2012). NBER Working Paper No. w18648. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192821

Robert Bifulco (Contact Author)

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Jason M. Fletcher

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs ( email )

1180 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1393
United States

Yale University - School of Public Health ( email )

PO Box 208034
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06520-8034
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Sun Jung Oh

Syracuse University - Center for Policy Research ( email )

Syracuse, NY 13244
United States

Stephen L. Ross

University of Connecticut - Department of Economics ( email )

365 Fairfield Way, U-1063
Storrs, CT 06269-1063
United States

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