Peer Effects and Social Networks in Education

Reprint No. 2009:27

Author(s): Antoni Calvó-Armengol, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves ZenouYear: 2009 Title: Review of Economic Studies Volume (No.): 76 (269) Pages: 1239–1267
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We develop a model that shows that, at the Nash equilibrium, the outcome of each individual embedded in a network is proportional to his/her Katz–Bonacich centrality measure. This measure takes into account both direct and indirect friends of each individual, but puts less weight to his/her distant friends. We then bring the model to the data using a very detailed dataset of adolescent friendship networks. We show that, after controlling for observable individual characteristics and unobservable network specific factors, a standard deviation increase in the Katz–Bonacich centrality increases the pupil school performance by more than 7% of one standard deviation.

Calvó-Armengol, Antoni, Eleonora Patacchini and Yves Zenou (2009), "Peer Effects and Social Networks in Education". Review of Economic Studies 76(269), 1239–1267.

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