What happens when there are children who cause disturbances in class?

From experience to meaning...

There was a study this summer that stirred some reactions online and that didn’t make it to this blog as Christian Bokhove had some good arguments against the study. But let me first give you the abstract of this NBER-paper by Carrel et al.

A large and growing literature has documented the importance of peer effects in education. However, there is relatively little evidence on the long-run educational and labor market consequences of childhood peers. We examine this question by linking administrative data on elementary school students to subsequent test scores, college attendance and completion, and earnings. To distinguish the effect of peers from confounding factors, we exploit the population variation in the proportion of children from families linked to domestic violence, who were shown by Carrell and Hoekstra (2010, 2012) to disrupt contemporaneous behavior and learning. Results show that exposure to a disruptive peer in classes of 25…

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