Inside the Black of Box of Ability Peer Effects : Evidence from Variation in the Proportion of Low Achievers in the Classroom

@inproceedings{Lavy2009InsideTB,
  title={Inside the Black of Box of Ability Peer Effects : Evidence from Variation in the Proportion of Low Achievers in the Classroom},
  author={Victor Lavy and M. Daniele Paserman and Anal{\'i}a Schlosser},
  year={2009}
}
In this paper, we estimate the extent of ability peer effects in the classroom and explore the underlying mechanisms through which these peer effects operate. We identify as low ability students those who are enrolled at least one year behind their birth cohort (“repeaters”). We show that there are marked differences between the academic performance and behavior of repeaters and regular students. The status of repeaters is mostly determined by first grade; therefore, it is unlikely to have been… CONTINUE READING
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