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The Long-Run Effects of Peers on Mental Health

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Kiessling,  Lukas
Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Max Planck Society;

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


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0006-7580-5
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.