Author(s)  
Jason M. Fletcher, Stephen L. Ross

There is a large and growing literature on peer effects, but much less is known about the role of friendships and social relationships in student outcomes. The best evidence on the mechanisms behind aggregate peer effects suggests an important role for discipline and disruption. Very recent research suggests that friends can also have a substantial effect on student outcomes, and in many cases the effect of friends appears to be independent of aggregate peer effects.

Publication Type  
Working Paper
Institution  
VOX
JEL Codes  
I00: Health, Education, and Welfare: General
J16: Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
Keywords  
discipline
disruption
education
peer effects