Are there peer effects from English learners in elementary schools? Evidence from an IV approach

Sieuwerd Gaastra, Claudio Labanca

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We study the peer effects of English Learners on the test scores of native English speaking students using a new instrument to account for the endogeneity of students' English Learner status. Relative to what OLS estimates would suggest, we find smaller and insignificant peer effects of English Learners on native English speaking students in California elementary schools.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-834
Number of pages10
JournalBE Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021


  • English learners
  • non-native English speakers
  • peer effects

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