"Who Benefits from Privileged Peers? Evidence from Siblings in Schools"

In this study, published in the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Marco Bertoni and Giorgio Brunello from the Department of Economics and Management "Marco Fanno" and Lorenzo Cappellari from the Catholic University of Milan compare siblings attending the same school at different points of time and show that exposure to "better" peers increases lifetime earnings of "disadvantaged" students, and penalizes 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.

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