Seminar: The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic Achievement
On Tuesday December 10th 2019, Bart Golsteyn (Maastricht University) will give a presentation titled: "The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic Achievement"
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. This effect is complemented by teacher quality. 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.