Classroom or Pub – Where are Persistent Peer Relationships between University Students Formed?

59 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2019 Last revised: 27 Jul 2020

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Thomas Fischer

Lund University - School of Economics and Management; Darmstadt University of Technology

Johannes Rode

Technische Universität Darmstadt

Date Written: August 20, 2019

Abstract

This paper discusses the formation of peers in higher education using a unique data set of industrial engineering students. For identification, we exploit the random assignment of students into groups and student performance before students met. We compare two different settings for potential peer formation: a voluntary freshman orientation week organized by the students' union and a mandatory group work course. It is only in the case of the group work course that we report persistent impacts on subsequent academic achievement. In line with our theoretical reasoning, peer effects exist between groups of two students who were already similar before.

Keywords: peer effects, higher education, social network formation, homophily

JEL Classification: I21, I23, D85

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Thomas and Rode, Johannes, Classroom or Pub – Where are Persistent Peer Relationships between University Students Formed? (August 20, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3451739 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3451739

Thomas Fischer (Contact Author)

Lund University - School of Economics and Management ( email )

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Sweden

Darmstadt University of Technology ( email )

Darmstadt, Hesse D-64289
Germany

Johannes Rode

Technische Universität Darmstadt ( email )

Chair of International Economics
Hochschulstraße 1
Darmstadt, 64289
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://www.vwl2.wi.tu-darmstadt.de/rode

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