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The Good, the Bad and the Average: Evidence on the Scale and Nature of Ability Peer Effects in Schools

Victor Lavy, Olmo Silva, Felix Weinhardt

NBER Working Paper No. 15600
Issued in December 2009

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank the Center for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics (LSE) for seed money for this project. We would also like to thank: Rebecca Allen, Josh Angrist, Kenneth Chay, Steve Gibbons, William R. Johnson, Francis Kramarz, Steve Machin, Michele Pellizzari, Steve Pischke, Steve Rivkin, Yona Rubinstein, Henry Overman, Hongliang (Henry) Zhang, two-anonymous referees and seminar participants at Bocconi University, Brown University, CEP-LSE, CMPO-Bristol University, CREST in Paris, EIEF in Rome, ESSLE 2009, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IFS and IoE in London, Royal Holloway University, and Tel Aviv University for helpful comments and discussions. All remaining errors remain our own. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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