DOES WHOM YOU KNOW MATTER? UNRAVELING THE INFLUENCE OF PEERS' NETWORK ATTRIBUTES ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE

Jain, T and Langer, N (2018) DOES WHOM YOU KNOW MATTER? UNRAVELING THE INFLUENCE OF PEERS' NETWORK ATTRIBUTES ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. Economic Inquiry, 57 (1). pp. 141-161.

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Abstract

This paper examines how students' network size, distance, prestige, and connections to influential individuals impact academic performance. Larger and closer networks facilitate information exchange, but may also increase distractions that decrease productivity. We resolve this ambiguity using administrative data from a business school that features random assignment of students to multiple overlapping sets of peers, allowing us to calculate degree, closeness, eigenvector, and Katz-Bonacich centrality for each node. We find that increasing closeness centrality within the network negatively affects student performance measured by grade point average, suggesting that synergy reduction and information processing costs outweigh benefits from greater information access. (JEL I23, L14, L23)

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Jain, Thttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2634-7614
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Academic Performance, ISB, ASA, PGP
Subjects: Economics
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Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2019 13:41
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 09:26
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/653
Publisher URL: https://doi.org/10.1111/ecin.12724
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0095-2583/
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