Department of Sociology
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Institutional Affiliation: Korea University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|November 2019||The Effects of Foreign-Born Peers in US High Schools and Middle Schools|
with Jason Fletcher, Jenna Nobles, Stephen Ross, Irina Shaorshadze: w26491
The multi-decade growth and spatial dispersion of immigrant families in the United States has shifted the composition of US schools, reshaping the group of peers with whom students age through adolescence. US-born students are more likely to have foreign-born peers and foreign-born students are more likely to be educated outside of enclaves. This study examines the short-term and long-term impact of being educated with immigrant peers, for both US-born and foreign-born students. We leverage a quasi-experimental research design that uses across-grade, within-school variation in cohort composition for students in the Add Health study. We describe effects on a broad set of education, social, and health outcomes. For US-born students, we find little evidence that having immigrant peers affects...