Peers, Neighborhoods and Immigrant Student Achievement: Evidence from a Placement Policy

  title={Peers, Neighborhoods and Immigrant Student Achievement: Evidence from a Placement Policy},
  author={Olof {\AA}slund and Per-Anders Edin and Peter Fredriksson and Hans Gronqvist},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
We examine to what extent immigrant school performance is affected by the characteristics of the neighborhoods that they grow up in. We address this issue using a refugee placement policy which provides exogenous variation in the initial place of residence in Sweden. The main result is that school performance is increasing in the number of highly educated adults sharing the subject�s ethnicity. A standard deviation increase in the fraction of high-educated in the assigned neighborhood raises… 

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