The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic Achievement
SpeakerBart Golsteyn (Maastricht University)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Room 1.01
Date and time
November 26, 2019
16:00 - 17:15
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.
Joint with Arjan Non (Maastricht University) and Ulf Zölitz (University of Zurich).