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Heterogeneous Peer Effects and Rank Concerns: Theory and Evidence

13 July 2017

In a recent article, published by the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group (HCEO), Michela Tincani looks at what generates peer effects in the classroom.

Previous research on the subject has produced mixed results, showing that having better peers does not always lead to improved outcomes. This paper provides a conceptual framework that can potentially explain these disparate findings. Tincani proposes a theory of peer effects based on the idea that students care about their rank.

The full article is available to view on the HCEO website.

Research Spotlight: Heterogeneous Peer Effects and Rank Concerns: Theory and Evidence

Michela Tincani is Assistant Professor at UCL in the Department of Economics.  Her research areas include Labour Economics and Applied Microeconometrics.

Michela Tincani