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Title:Quantile Regression Methods for Recursive Structural Equation Models
Author(s):Ma, Lingjie
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Koenker, Roger W.
Department / Program:Economics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Economics, General
Abstract:The second essay explores the heterogeneous peer effects in Dutch primary schools by employing a series of percentiles of classmates achievement distribution as the peers outcome measurement and the quantile regression estimation method. It is found that better performance by lower attainment peers has a significant positive effect on performance of all students in both language and math. This effect is most pronounced at the lower conditional quantiles of the performance distribution, but persists even into the upper tail. In contrast, better performance by high-achieving classmates, has a somewhat more modest effect on language performance, while for math, it has little or no effect on weaker students, but does have strong positive effect on students in the upper tail of the conditional distribution. The findings imply that mixing diverse students may be an efficient policy for the improvement of language performance, tracking appears desirable for the improvement of students' math performance.
Issue Date:2004
Description:82 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3130975
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004

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