Seminar

Seminar: The Value of a Peer

On Tuesday December 17th 2019, Ingo Isphording (IZA) will give a presentation titled: 'The Value of a Peer'

Date
December 17, 2019
Time
13:00 - 14:00
Location
CPB-office, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30, The Hague (Room 3 - Braamzaal)
Presentation
Ingo Isphording (IZA)
Discussant
Roel van Elk (CPB)
Working language
English

This paper introduces peer value-added, a new approach to quantify the total contribution of an individual peer to student performance. Peer value-added captures social spillovers irrespective of whether they are generated by observable or unobservable peer characteristics. Using data with repeated random assignment to university sections, we find that students significantly differ in their peer value-added. Peer value-added is a good out-of-sample predictor of performance spillovers in newly-assigned student-peer pairs. Nonetheless, students’ own past performance and other observable characteristics are poor predictors of peer value-added. Peer value-added increases after exposure to better peers and valuable peers are substitutes for low-quality teachers.

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