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Peers, Neighborhoods, and Immigrant Student Achievement: Evidence from a Placement Policy
Uppsala University, Units outside the University, Office of Labour Market Policy Evaluation.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2011 (English)In: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, ISSN 1945-7782, Vol. 3, no 2, 67-95 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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 that 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 0.8 percentile ranks. Particularly for disadvantaged groups, there are also long-run effects on educational attainment. (JEL I21, J15, R23)

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2011. Vol. 3, no 2, 67-95 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-152863DOI: 10.1257/app.3.2.67ISI: 000289078200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-152863DiVA: diva2:414202
Available from: 2011-05-02 Created: 2011-05-02 Last updated: 2011-05-02Bibliographically approved

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