Peer effects on educational attainment

© Hollandse Hoogte / Sabine Joosten
Study of the effect of primary school peer compositions on pupils’ educational achievement in primary and secondary school.
Segregation by migration background and socioeconomic status is growing in Dutch primary schools. This paper, which is part of a graduate internship at UDC/Groningen, investigates the consequences of those types of segregation on educational attainment in primary and secondary school. We find that a higher proportion of disadvantaged peers negatively influences a pupil’s educational attainment in primary school, although the effects are small. These effects persist at least until three years in secondary school.