Learning and Peer Effects

29 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2007

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Gerald Eisenkopf

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics

Date Written: August 14, 2007

Abstract

Peer effects are possibly very important for educational performance but hard to identify. This paper confirms the existence of peer effects in a learning process with data from an experiment. The experimental approach circumvents key econometric problems which greatly restrict the analysis of educational peer effects with administrative or survey data. The experimental setting offers some insight into the mechanisms of peer interaction. The results show that prospective cooperation has a motivational effect. There is no evidence with respect to an optimal group composition. The benefit from the pair treatment is largely independent of the characteristics of the partner.

Keywords: Learning, Peer Effects, Experiment, Economics of Education

JEL Classification: I21, C90

Suggested Citation

Eisenkopf, Gerald, Learning and Peer Effects (August 14, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=964420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.964420

Gerald Eisenkopf (Contact Author)

University of Konstanz - Faculty of Economics and Statistics ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 10
78457 Konstanz
Germany

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