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The effect of higher-achieving peers on major choices and labor market outcomes


Feld, Jan; Zölitz, Ulf (2022). The effect of higher-achieving peers on major choices and labor market outcomes. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 196:200-219.

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This paper investigates how exposure to higher-achieving male and female peers in university affects students’ major choices and labor market outcomes. For identification of causal effects, we exploit the random assignment of students to university sections in compulsory first-year courses. We present two main results. First, studying with higher-achieving peers has no statistically significant or economically meaningful effects on educational choices. Second, we find suggestive evidence that women who have been exposed to higher- achieving male peers end up in jobs in which they are more satisfied.

Abstract

This paper investigates how exposure to higher-achieving male and female peers in university affects students’ major choices and labor market outcomes. For identification of causal effects, we exploit the random assignment of students to university sections in compulsory first-year courses. We present two main results. First, studying with higher-achieving peers has no statistically significant or economically meaningful effects on educational choices. Second, we find suggestive evidence that women who have been exposed to higher- achieving male peers end up in jobs in which they are more satisfied.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
06 Faculty of Arts > Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Economics and Econometrics
Social Sciences & Humanities > Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
Uncontrolled Keywords:Organizational behavior and human resource management, economics and econometrics, major choice, peer effects
Language:English
Date:1 April 2022
Deposited On:07 Feb 2023 16:08
Last Modified:28 Feb 2024 02:50
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0167-2681
Additional Information:Earlier published as ECON Working Paper No. 388: https://www.zora.uzh.ch/id/eprint/203669/
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2022.01.012
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)