The effect of classmate characteristics on post-secondary outcomes: Evidence from the add health

Robert Bifulco, Jason M. Fletcher, Stephen L. Ross

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Abstract

This paper uses a within-school/across-cohort design to present new evidence of the effects of high school classmate characteristics on a wide range of post-secondary outcomes. We find that increases in the percent of classmates with college-educated mothers decreases the likelihood of dropping out and increases the likelihood of attending college, despite showing no impact on a range of in-school achievement, attitudes, and behaviors. The percent of students from disadvantaged minority groups does not show any effects on post-secondary outcomes, but is associated with students reporting less caring student-teacher relationships and increased prevalence of some undesirable student behaviors during high school.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-53
Number of pages29
JournalAmerican Economic Journal: Economic Policy
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)

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