Quasi-experimental evidence of peer effects in first-year economics courses at a Chinese university

Qihui Chen, Guoqiang Tian, Tade O. Okediji

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Abstract

The authors of this article implement a quasi-experimental strategy to estimate peer effects in economic education by exploiting the institutional setting in a large public university in China, where roommates are randomly assigned conditional on a student's major and province of origin. They found significant impacts of peer academic quality, measured as roommates' average scores on the national College Entrance Exam, on first-year economics students' scores in first-year microeconomics, macroeconomics, and accounting courses. They also found nonlinearity in peer effects: Roommates academic ability has significant effects for academically weak students but not for academically strong students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-319
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Economic Education
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 5 2014

Keywords

  • economic education
  • peer effects
  • quasi-experiment

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