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From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy? The Importance of Endogenous Peer Group Formation
We take cohorts of entering freshmen at the United States Air Force Academy and assign half to peer groups designed to maximize the academic performance of the lowest ability students. Our assignmentExpand
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Does Your Cohort Matter? Measuring Peer Effects in College Achievement
We estimate peer effects in college achievement using a data set in which individuals are exogenously assigned to peer groups of about 30 students with whom they are required to spend the majority ofExpand
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Sex and Science: How Professor Gender Perpetuates the Gender Gap
Why aren't there more women in science? This paper begins to shed light on this question by exploiting data from the U.S. Air Force Academy, where students are randomly assigned to professors for aExpand
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Does Professor Quality Matter? Evidence from Random Assignment of Students to Professors
In primary and secondary education, measures of teacher quality are often based on contemporaneous student performance on standardized achievement tests. In the postsecondary environment, scores onExpand
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Externalities in the Classroom: How Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Affect Everyone's Kids. NBER Working Paper No. 14246.
It is estimated that between ten and twenty percent of children in the United States are exposed to domestic violence annually. While much is known about the impact of domestic violence and otherExpand
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A's from Zzzz's? The Causal Effect of School Start Time on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents
Recent sleep research finds that many adolescents are sleep-deprived because of both early school start times and changing sleep patterns during the teen years. This study identifies the causalExpand
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From Natural Variation to Optimal Policy? An Unsuccessful Experiment in Using Peer Effects Estimates to Improve Student Outcomes∗
We take cohorts of entering freshmen at the United States Air Force Academy and assign half to peer groups designed to maximize the academic performance of the lowest ability students. Our assignmentExpand
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In Harm's Way? Payday Loan Access and Military Personnel Performance
Does borrowing at 400% APR do more harm than good? The U.S. Department of Defense thinks so and successfully lobbied for a 36% APR cap on loans to servicemen. But existing evidence on how access toExpand
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Do Lower Student to Counselor Ratios Reduce School Disciplinary Problems?
Abstract The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) recommends that there be no more than 250 students to each school counselor. Although numerous studies in the education literature show thatExpand
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Does Drinking Impair College Performance? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Approach
This paper examines the effect of alcohol consumption on student achievement. To do so, we exploit the discontinuity in drinking at age 21 at a college in which the minimum legal drinking age isExpand
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