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Time-Use and Academic Peer Effects in College

Nirav Mehta, Ralph Stinebrickner, Todd Stinebrickner

NBER Working Paper No. 25168
Issued in October 2018
NBER Program(s):Economics of Education

This paper examines academic peer effects in college. Unique new data from the Berea Panel Study allow us to focus on a mechanism wherein a student's peers affect her achievement by changing her study effort. Although the potential relevance of this mechanism has been recognized, data limitations have made it difficult to provide direct evidence about its importance. We find that a student's freshman grade point average is affected by the amount her peers studied in high school, suggesting the importance of this mechanism. Using time diary information, we confirm that college study time is actually being affected.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w25168

Published: Nirav Mehta & Ralph Stinebrickner & Todd Stinebrickner, 2019. "TIME-USE AND ACADEMIC PEER EFFECTS IN COLLEGE," Economic Inquiry, vol 57(1), pages 162-171. citation courtesy of

 
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