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The impact of peer personality on academic achievement


Golsteyn, Bart H H; Non, Arjan; Zölitz, Ulf (2021). The impact of peer personality on academic achievement. Journal of Political Economy, 129(4):1052-1099.

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This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing that peer personality influences academic achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of persistent peers. The impact of peer persistence is enduring, as students exposed to persistent peers at the beginning of their studies continue to achieve higher grades in subsequent periods. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that peer personality traits affect human capital accumulation.

Abstract

This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing that peer personality influences academic achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of persistent peers. The impact of peer persistence is enduring, as students exposed to persistent peers at the beginning of their studies continue to achieve higher grades in subsequent periods. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that peer personality traits affect human capital accumulation.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Economics and Econometrics
Language:English
Date:2 March 2021
Deposited On:03 Aug 2021 10:44
Last Modified:04 Aug 2021 20:00
Publisher:University of Chicago Press
ISSN:0022-3808
OA Status:Closed
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Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1086/712638
Related URLs:https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-141964

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