Peer effects in higher education:does the field of study matter?

Brunello, Giorgio and De Paola, Maria and Scoppa, Vincenzo (2010) Peer effects in higher education:does the field of study matter? Economic Inquiry, 48 (3). pp. 621-634. ISSN 0095-2583

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Does the peer effect vary with the field of study? Using data from a middle-sized public university located in southern Italy and exploiting the random assignment of first-year students to college accommodation, we find that roommate peer effects for freshmen enrolled in the hard sciences are positive and significantly larger than for freshmen enrolled in the humanities and social sciences. We present a simple theoretical model which suggests that the uncovered differences between fields in the size of the peer effect could plausibly be generated by between-field variation in labor market returns, which affect optimal student effort.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Economic Inquiry
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2000/2002
Departments: Lancaster University Management School > Economics
ID Code: 67292
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Oct 2013 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2020 07:41

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