Peer Effects in Program Participation

@article{Dahl2012PeerEI,
  title={Peer Effects in Program Participation},
  author={Gordon B. Dahl and Katrine Vellesen L{\o}ken and Magne Mogstad},
  journal={Labor: Public Policy \& Regulation eJournal},
  year={2012}
}
The influence of peers could play an important role in the take up of social programs. However, estimating peer effects has proven challenging given the problems of reflection, correlated unobservables, and endogenous group membership. We overcome these identification issues in the context of paid paternity leave in Norway using a regression discontinuity design. Our approach differs from existing literature which attempts to measure peer effects by exploiting random assignment to peer groups… 

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