Friendship and Study Assistance Ties of University Students

17 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2014 Last revised: 27 Mar 2014

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Oleg Poldin

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Diliara Valeeva

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)

Maria Yudkevich

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Date Written: March 25, 2014

Abstract

We analyze the characteristics of the social networks of students studying in the economics department in one Russian university. We focus on student friendship and study assistance ties and demonstrate how these networks are connected with the individual characteristics of students and their peers. We find that the probability of a tie existing is explained by the gender homophily, and initial student assignment to the same exogenously defined study group. Students ask for help and form friendships with students who have similar academic achievements. Academically successful students are more popular in study assistance networks while there is no gender difference in student popularity in both networks. Our findings enhance the understanding of the role of friendship and study assistance ties in the formation of peer group effects.

Keywords: student achievement, social networks, peer effects, higher education

JEL Classification: D85, I21, I23,

Suggested Citation

Poldin, Oleg and Valeeva, Diliara and Yudkevich, Maria, Friendship and Study Assistance Ties of University Students (March 25, 2014). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 37/SOC/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2377600 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2377600

Oleg Poldin

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Diliara Valeeva

University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) ( email )

Amsterdam Roeterseilandcampus
Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
Amsterdam, 1018 WV
Netherlands

Maria Yudkevich (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

Myasnitskaya street, 20
Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

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