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

Fischer, Thomas and Rode, Johannes (2020):
Classroom or Pub - Where are Persistent Peer Relationships between University Students Formed?
In: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 178, pp. 474-493. ISSN 0167-2681,
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2020.07.019,
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Abstract

This paper discusses the formation of peers in an anonymous higher education setting 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.

Item Type: Article
Erschienen: 2020
Creators: Fischer, Thomas and Rode, Johannes
Title: Classroom or Pub - Where are Persistent Peer Relationships between University Students Formed?
Language: English
Abstract:

This paper discusses the formation of peers in an anonymous higher education setting 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.

Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Journal volume: 178
Uncontrolled Keywords: peer effects, higher education, social network formation, homophily
Divisions: 01 Department of Law and Economics
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete
01 Department of Law and Economics > Volkswirtschaftliche Fachgebiete > International Economics
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2020 13:31
DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2020.07.019
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