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Friendship Network in the Classroom: Parents Bias on Peer Effects

Landini, Fabio; Montinari, Natalia LU ; Pin, Paolo and Piovesan, Marco (2016) In Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 129. p.56-73
Abstract
We interview both parents and their children enrolled in six primary schools in the district of Treviso (Italy). We study the structural differences between the children network of friends reported by children and the one elicited asking their parents. We find that the parent-reported network has a bias that is consistent with the following explanation: parents expect peer effects on school achievement to be stronger than what they really are. Thus, parents of low-performing students report their children to be friends of high-performing students. Our numerical simulations indicate that when this bias is combined with a bias on how some children target friends, then there is a multiplier effect on the expected school achievement.
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Social networks, primary school, friendships, parents’ bias, homophily, peer effects, Bonacich centrality
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Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization
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129
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18 pages
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Elsevier
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0167-2681
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10.1016/j.jebo.2016.05.018
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English
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  abstract     = {We interview both parents and their children enrolled in six primary schools in the district of Treviso (Italy). We study the structural differences between the children network of friends reported by children and the one elicited asking their parents. We find that the parent-reported network has a bias that is consistent with the following explanation: parents expect peer effects on school achievement to be stronger than what they really are. Thus, parents of low-performing students report their children to be friends of high-performing students. Our numerical simulations indicate that when this bias is combined with a bias on how some children target friends, then there is a multiplier effect on the expected school achievement.},
  author       = {Landini, Fabio and Montinari, Natalia and Pin, Paolo and Piovesan, Marco},
  issn         = {0167-2681},
  keyword      = {Social networks,primary school,friendships, parents’ bias, homophily,peer effects,Bonacich centrality},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {56--73},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization},
  title        = {Friendship Network in the Classroom: Parents Bias on Peer Effects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jebo.2016.05.018},
  volume       = {129},
  year         = {2016},
}