Who Benefits from Privileged Peers? Evidence from Siblings in Schools

Lorenzo Cappellari, Marco Bertoni, Giorgio Brunello

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By comparing siblings attending the same school at different points of time, we investigate whether the effect of peer quality on long‐term labor market outcomes varies with parental background. We find that exposure to better peers – who have higher mean parental education – increases lifetime earnings of disadvantaged students, coming from families with low parental education, but penalizes privileged students from better educated families. These results suggest that de‐segregation policies that allocate disadvantaged students to schools with better peers produce long‐term benefits. We discuss mechanisms and show that human capital accumulation, ordinal rank and network effects contribute to explain our findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893-916
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Applied Econometrics
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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