ERIC Number: ED485539
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun
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.
Descriptors: Peer Influence, Outcomes of Education, College Students, Measures (Individuals), Educational Environment, Student Characteristics, Political Attitudes, Social Attitudes
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
Sponsor: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Williams Coll., Williamstown, MA.