Peer effects on academic performance among and between immigrant and non-immigrant ethnic groups


Pyatigorsky, Mikhail (2008). Peer effects on academic performance among and between immigrant and non-immigrant ethnic groups. 2008 Add Health Users Conference. Bethesda, MD.


This paper will examine how the prevalence of a student’s own ethnicity, language, or country of origin group in the student’s school and social network affects that student’s academic outcomes. The analysis will focus on groups which include significant populations of both foreign and U.S. born individuals, such as Asians and Hispanics. This will allow us to do two things: 1) analyze how the strength and direction of peer effects varies with the degree of acculturation, and 2) examine the interactions between immigrant and non immigrant students of the same ethnicity or country of origin. The analysis will utilize Wave I, II, and III Add Health data, Contextual data, and the AHAA Education data. Academic achievement variables will include English, Math and Science GPA (at the time of Wave I and II surveys), enrollment in remedial, regular, honors or AP English and other courses in high school, high school graduation, and college enrollment. The main explanatory variables of interest will be the composition of students’ schools and social networks. Other controls will include students’ and parents’ demographic variables, school and neighborhood characteristics, and students’ “ability,” as measured by the Add Health Picture Vocabulary Test scores. We will present data on the degree of segregation of students’ social networks along ethnic, language and country of origin lines. We will also present preliminary results on the relationship between network and school composition and academic achievement.


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Conference proceeding

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2008 Add Health Users Conference


Pyatigorsky, Mikhail

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Bethesda, MD

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