The Impact of Peer Personality on Academic Achievement
SpeakerArjan Non (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
FieldOrganizations and Markets
LocationErasmus University, Polak Building, Room 2-04
Date and time
October 30, 2019
12:00 - 13:00
Abstract: This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing that peer personality influences academic achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of persistent peers. This effect is complemented by teacher quality. The impact of peer persistence is enduring, as students exposed to persistent peers at the beginning of their studies continue to achieve higher grades in subsequent periods. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that peer personality traits affect human capital accumulation.