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Type Working Paper
Scope Discipline-based scholarship
Title The impact of peer personality on academic achievement
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  • Bart H.H. Golsteyn
  • Arjan Non
  • Ulf Zölitz
  • English
Institution University of Zurich
Series Name Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number 269
ISSN 1664-7041
Number of Pages 36
Date 2017
Abstract Text This paper provides evidence of a novel facet of peer effects by showing how peer personality affects educational achievement. We exploit random assignment of students to university sections and find that students perform better in the presence of more persistent peers and more risk-averse peers. In particular, low-persistence students benefit from highly-persistent peers without devoting additional efforts to studying. However, highly-persistent students are not affected by the persistence of their peers. The personality peer effects that we document are distinct from other observable peer characteristics and suggest that the personality traits of peers causally affect human capital accumulation.
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Keywords Personality, peer effects, non-cognitive skills, Peer-Group, Studienleistung, Beharrlichkeit, Persönlichkeit