Disruptive School Peers and Student Outcomes

37 Pages Posted: 14 Feb 2015

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Jannie Kristoffersen

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR)

Morten Kraegpøth

Aarhus University

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business

Abstract

This paper estimates how peers' achievement gains are affected by the presence of potentially disruptive and emotionally sensitive children in the school-cohort. We exploit that some children move between schools and thus generate variation in peer composition in the receiving school-cohort. We identify three groups of potentially disruptive and emotionally sensitive children from detailed Danish register data: children with divorced parents, children with parents convicted of crime, and children with a psychiatric diagnosis. We find that adding potentially disruptive children lowers the academic achievement of peers by about 1.7-2.3 percent of a standard deviation.

Keywords: student mobility, special educational needs, education, value added model

JEL Classification: I21, J12

Suggested Citation

Kristoffersen, Jannie and Kraegpøth, Morten and Nielsen, Helena Skyt and Simonsen, Marianne, Disruptive School Peers and Student Outcomes. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8823, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564956

Jannie Kristoffersen (Contact Author)

Copenhagen Business School - Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR)

Morten Kraegpøth

Aarhus University ( email )

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Denmark

Helena Skyt Nielsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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Marianne Simonsen

Aarhus University - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

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