PhD student Qing Zhang will be presenting at the Education Policy and Social Context Lab meeting on February 27: "The Impacts of Low Ability Peers on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Outcomes: Random Assignment Evidence on the Effects and Operating Channels."
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm
Education. Room 2005
Abstract: This article presents new experimental estimates of the impacts of having low ability peers on own academic performance and social-emotional outcomes using a nationally representative dataset from China. We exploit the random assignment of students to junior high school classrooms and find that the proportion of low ability peers, defined as having been retained during primary school, has negative effects on non-repeaters’ cognitive and non-cognitive outcomes. An exploration of the underlying mechanisms shows that being exposed to a larger proportion of repeater peers is associated with reduced study time after school. The negative effects are primarily driven by male repeaters.
Authors: Di Xu, Qing Zhang, and Xuehan Zhou