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  The Long-Run Effects of Peers on Mental Health

Kiessling, L., & Norris, J. (2020). The Long-Run Effects of Peers on Mental Health.

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Item Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-7580-5 Version Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-7581-4
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Kiessling, Lukas1, Author              
Norris, Jonathan, Author
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1Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society, ou_2173688              

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Free keywords: Peer Effects, Mental Health, Depression, Rank Effects
 JEL: I21 - Analysis of Education
 JEL: I14 - Health and Inequality
 JEL: J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
 Abstract: This paper studies how peers in school affect students’ mental health. Guided by a theoretical framework, we find that increasing students’ relative ranks in their cohorts by one standard deviation improves their mental health by 6% of a standard deviation conditional on own ability. These effects are more pronounced for low-ability students, persistent for at least 14 years, and carry over to economic long-run outcomes. Moreover, we document a strong asymmetry: Students who receive negative rather than positive shocks react more strongly. Our findings therefore provide evidence on how the school environment can have long-lasting consequences for the well-being of individuals.

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 Dates: 2020-06-02
 Publication Status: Published online
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 Publishing info: Bonn : Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Discussion Paper 2020/12
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