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The effect of higher-achieving peers on major choices and labor market outcomes

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posted on 2022-04-13, 23:36 authored by Jan FeldJan Feld, U Zölitz
This paper investigates how exposure to higher-achieving male and female peers in university affects students’ major choices and labor market outcomes. For identification of causal effects, we exploit the random assignment of students to university sections in compulsory first-year courses. We present two main results. First, studying with higher-achieving peers has no statistically significant or economically meaningful effects on educational choices. Second, we find suggestive evidence that women who have been exposed to higher- achieving male peers end up in jobs in which they are more satisfied.

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Feld, J. & Zölitz, U. (2022). The effect of higher-achieving peers on major choices and labor market outcomes. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 196(388), 200-219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2022.01.012

Journal title

Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Volume

196

Issue

388

Publication date

2022-04-01

Pagination

200-219

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Publication status

Published

ISSN

0167-2681

Language

en