Neighborhood Effects in Education

56 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2015

See all articles by Carlo L. Del Bello

Carlo L. Del Bello

Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics; Stockholm University; Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

Using unique geo-coded information on the residential address of a representative sample of American adolescents and their friends, we revisit the importance of geographical proximity in shaping education outcomes. Our findings reveal no evidence of residential neighborhood effects. Social proximity, as measured by similarity in religion, race and family income as well as in unobserved characteristics, appears to play a major role in facilitating peer influence. Our empirical strategy is able to control for the endogeneity of both social network and location choices.

Keywords: neighborhood effects, social networks, link formation, education

JEL Classification: C21, Z13

Suggested Citation

Del Bello, Carlo Leone and Patacchini, Eleonora and Zenou, Yves, Neighborhood Effects in Education. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8956. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2589818

Carlo Leone Del Bello (Contact Author)

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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Paris, 75014 75014
France

Eleonora Patacchini

Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF) ( email )

Via Due Macelli, 73
Rome, 00187
Italy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Yves Zenou

Monash University - Department of Economics ( email )

Australia

Stockholm University ( email )

Universitetsvägen 10
Stockholm, Stockholm SE-106 91
Sweden

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IUI) ( email )

P.O. Box 5501
S-114 85 Stockholm
Sweden

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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