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Title: On the optimal allocation of students when peer effect works: tracking vs mixing
Authors: Hidalgo-Hidalgo, Marisa
First Published: Jun-2008
Publisher: Dept. of Economics, University of Leicester
Abstract: The belief that both the behavior and outcomes of students are affected by their peers is important in shaping education policy. I analyze two polar education systems -tracking and mixing- and propose several criteria for their comparison. I find that tracking is the system that maximizes average human capital in societies where the distribution of pre-school achievement is not very dispersed. I also find that when peer effects and individuals’ pre-school achievement are close substitutes, all risk averse individuals prefer mixing.
Series/Report no.: Papers in Economics
Type: Report
Appears in Collections:Reports, Dept. of Economics

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