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ERIC Number: ED485539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
Pages: 34
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Institutional Ethos, Peers and Individual Outcomes. Discussion Paper Number 68
Zimmerman, David J.; Rosenblum, David; Hillman, Preston
Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education
In this paper we present estimates of roommate and institution based peer effects. Using data from the College & Beyond survey, the Freshman survey, and phonebook data that allows us to identify college roommates ? we estimate models of students? political persuasion and intellectual engagement. The evidence suggests that a student's roommate's political sentiments have some impact on their own political views later in life. We also implement a cluster based analysis that attempts to answer the question: how would a student?s outcomes have changed if they'd attended a very different school? Our findings suggest that student outcomes are, indeed, sensitive to the school they attend. Similar students attending schools that have a decidedly different "ethos" differ in important ways post-college. Institutional peer effects seem to have a powerful effect on student outcomes.
Williams Project on the Economics of Higher Education, 23 Whitman Street, Mears West Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267. Web site: http://www.williams.edu/wpehe.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Williams Coll., Williamstown, MA.