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Peers, neighborhoods and immigrant student achievement - evidence from a placement policy
Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation (IFA U), Uppsala University, IZA, and Uppsala Center for Labor Studies (UCLS)..
Uppsala University, IFAU, and UCLS. Department of Economics, Uppsala University.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Swedish Institute for Social Research (SOFI).
2011 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

We examine to what extent immigrant school performance is affected by the characteristics of the neighborhoods that they grow up in. We address this issue using a refugee placement policy which provides exogenous variation in the initial place of residence in Sweden. The main result is that school performance is increasing in the number of highly educated adults sharing the subject’s ethnicity. A standard deviation increase in the fraction of high-educated in the assigned neighborhood raises compulsory school GPA by 0.9 percentile ranks. Particularly for disadvantaged groups, there are also long-run effects on educational attainment.

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2011. , 45 p.
SULCIS reports and working papers, ISSN 1654-1189 ; 2011:2
Keyword [en]
Peer effects; Ethnic enclaves; Immigratio n; School performance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-118310OAI: diva2:821618
Available from: 2015-06-15 Created: 2015-06-15 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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