Beyond black and white: the impact of Asian peers on scholastic achievement

d’Este, Rocco and Einiö, Elias (2021) Beyond black and white: the impact of Asian peers on scholastic achievement. Economics of Education Review, 83. a102129 1-13. ISSN 0272-7757

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Abstract

This paper examines the effects of Asian peers on non-Asian student achievement in New York City public schools. We use exogenous variation in the share of Asian students across cohorts within schools stemming from a fertility shock among the Asian population in the Chinese year of the Dragon. Results show that a 10-percentage-point increase in the share of Asian students reduces non-Asian math and ELA scores by 0.14 and 0.16 standard deviations. The reduction in achievement is associated with an increase in the share of non-Asian students who fail to demonstrate the skills expected at the grade, especially in math.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Peer effects, education, public schools, racial composition, test scores
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Economics
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Depositing User: Rocco d-Este
Date Deposited: 04 May 2021 06:47
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2021 11:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/98809

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