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The impact of peer personality on academic achievement


Golsteyn, Bart H.H.; Non, Arjan; Zölitz, Ulf (2017). The impact of peer personality on academic achievement. Working paper series / Department of Economics 269, University of Zurich.

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing how peer personality affects educational achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of more persistent peers and more risk-averse peers. In particular, low-persistence students benefit from highly-persistent peers without devoting additional efforts to studying. However, highly-persistent students are not affected by the persistence of their peers. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that the personality traits of peers causally affect human capital accumulation.

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing how peer personality affects educational achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of more persistent peers and more risk-averse peers. In particular, low-persistence students benefit from highly-persistent peers without devoting additional efforts to studying. However, highly-persistent students are not affected by the persistence of their peers. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that the personality traits of peers causally affect human capital accumulation.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:I21, I24, J24
Uncontrolled Keywords:Personality, peer effects, non-cognitive skills
Language:English
Date:November 2017
Deposited On:14 Nov 2017 16:24
Last Modified:15 Nov 2017 12:58
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:36
ISSN:1664-7041
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp269.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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