Everybody Needs Good Neighbours? Evidence from Students’ Outcomes in England

44 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2013

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Stephen Gibbons

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment

Olmo Silva

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment; London School of Economics (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Felix Weinhardt

Humboldt University of Berlin; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Date Written: September 2013

Abstract

We use administrative data to estimate the effect of neighbourhood composition on teenagers’ educational and behavioural outcomes in England. We exploit a unique research design based on changes over time in neighbourhood composition experienced by residentially immobile students, where these changes arise purely through residential migration among other students in our data set. The complete coverage of our data allows investigating heterogeneity and non‐linearities in the effect of neighbourhood composition at an unprecedented level. Our results show that changes in neighbourhood composition have no effects on test scores but some effects on behavioural outcomes, which are heterogeneous for boys and girls.

Suggested Citation

Gibbons, Stephen and Silva, Olmo and Weinhardt, Felix, Everybody Needs Good Neighbours? Evidence from Students’ Outcomes in England (September 2013). The Economic Journal, Vol. 123, Issue 571, pp. 831-874, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2332934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12025

Stephen Gibbons

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

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Olmo Silva

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Department of Geography and Environment ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

London School of Economics (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance

Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Felix Weinhardt

Humboldt University of Berlin ( email )

Unter den Linden 6
Berlin, AK Berlin 10099
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.fweinhardt.de

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Houghton Street
London, WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

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