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. (JEL I21, J13, J15)
Bifulco, Robert, Jason M. Fletcher, and Stephen L. Ross.
"The Effect of Classmate Characteristics on Post-secondary Outcomes: Evidence from the Add Health."
American Economic Journal: Economic Policy,
Analysis of Education
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Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination