WCER Working Paper No . 2010-3 February 2010 Desegregation and the Achievement Gap : Do Diverse Peers Help ?

@inproceedings{Cooley2005WCERWP,
  title={WCER Working Paper No . 2010-3 February 2010 Desegregation and the Achievement Gap : Do Diverse Peers Help ?},
  author={Jane Cooley},
  year={2005}
}
Understanding peer effects is critical to evaluating the effect of public school segregation on the achievement gap. This paper develops a new approach to identifying the effect of peer behavior on achievement, using a framework that integrates previously unexplored types of heterogeneity in peer spillovers. Applying the strategy to North Carolina public elementary school students, I find peer effects exist primarily within race-based reference groups, and the magnitude diminishes across the… CONTINUE READING
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