Disruptive School Peers and Student Outcomes

Jannie H. G. Kristoffersen, Morten Visby Krægpøth, Helena Skyt Nielsen, Marianne Simonsen

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This paper estimates how peers’ achievement gains are affected by the presence of potentially disruptive and emotionally sensitive children in the school-cohort. We exploit that some children move between schools and thus generate variation in peer composition in the receiving schoolcohort. We identify three groups of potentially disruptive and emotionally sensitive children from detailed Danish register data: children with divorced parents, children with parents convicted of crime, and children with a psychiatric diagnosis. We find that adding potentially disruptive children lowers the academic achievement of peers by about 1.5-2 percent of a standard deviation.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationÅrhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Number of pages37
Publication statusPublished - 2014
SeriesEconomics Working Papers

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