Event: 2018 School of Education Research Poster Celebration
Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Location: School of Education Courtyard
Presenter: Xuchan Zhou
Poster Title: "The Negative Impacts of Low Ability Peers on Students’ Outcomes"
Poster Advisor: Di Xu
This article estimates the negative effects of the exposure to peers with low academic ability by using data from a large-scale representative survey of junior high school students in resource-constrained regions in China. It shows that greater exposure to low-ability peers has large negative impacts on non-repeaters’ academic outcomes across all measures. An exploration of the underlying mechanisms shows that being exposed to a larger proportion of repeater peers is associated with more misconduct, increased entertainment time, and reduced study time after school. This article further shows that living at school could mitigate the increased negative peer effects that may be present in contexts with constrained educational resources.