NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The Friends Factor: How Students' Social Networks Affect Their Academic Achievement and Well-Being?

Victor Lavy, Edith Sand

NBER Working Paper No. 18430
Issued in October 2012

---- Acknowledgements -----

We thank the Education Department of Tel-Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Yossef Shub, the CEO of Optimal Scheduling Systems, for making the data available for this study. Agnia Galesnik and Elior Cohen provided excellent research assistant. We also benefited from comments from Gigi Foster, Michael Friedman, Analia Schlosser, Tali Regev, Yona Rubinstein, Fabian Waldinger, and from seminar participants at the Hebrew University, Tel Aviv University, University of Warwick, University of Haifa, Ben Gurion University, Bank of Israel, at a conference in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and at the Economic Workshop in IDC. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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