Ability peer effects

Start date: 01 januari 2009

Adam Booij, Edwin Leuven, Hessel Oosterbeek


short term/direct policy relevant


Research question: How do higher education students with different levels of ability that work in the same group affect each other in terms of performance and persistence? Is it good to be surrounded by students that are better than me or does this lower my motivation and performance? And how does my presence affect my better peers? Method: First year students at the Economics faculty of the UvA have been randomly assigned to different groups depending on their prior exam grades. Status: The randomisation is done and data on study progress and dropout will be collected throughout the academic year 2009-2010. First results should be available in October 2010.

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