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CInSt Research Seminar "Own Motivation, Peer Motivation, and Educational Success": Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University)

Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University)  has presented his paper "Own Motivation, Peer Motivation, and Educational Success"  on regular CInSt research seminar on February, 11

CInSt Research Seminar "Own Motivation, Peer Motivation, and Educational Success": Jan Bietenbeck (Lund University)

Abstract
I study how motivation shapes own and peers’ educational success. Using data from Project STAR, I find that academic motivation in early elementary school, as measured by a standardized psychological test, predicts contemporaneous and future test scores, high school GPA, and college-test taking over and above cognitive skills. Exploiting random assignment of students to classes, I find that exposure to motivated classmates causally affects contemporaneous reading achievement, a peer effect that operates over and above spillovers from classmates’ past achievement and socio-demographic composition. However, peer motivation does not affect longer-term educational success, likely because it does not change own motivation.

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