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Self-Control and Peer Groups: An Empirical Analysis

Battaglini, Marco; Díaz, Carlos; & Patacchini, Eleonora. (2017). Self-Control and Peer Groups: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

Battaglini, Marco; Díaz, Carlos; & Patacchini, Eleonora. (2017). Self-Control and Peer Groups: An Empirical Analysis. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

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We exploit the exogenous variation in peer groups generated by high school to college transitions to study the theoretical predictions of Battaglini et al. (2005) model of self-control in peer groups. We find evidence consistent with the two key predictions of this theory regarding the relationship between an agent's expected level of self-control and the size and composition of his or her social circles: (i) students embedded in social circles have more self-control than those who are alone and their self-control is increasing in the size of their social group; (ii) students’ self-control is, however, a non-monotonic hump-shaped function of the average self-control of their friends.


Peer effects
Self-control


JOUR



Battaglini, Marco
Díaz, Carlos
Patacchini, Eleonora



2017


Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization





12/25/2016




0167-2681

10.1016/j.jebo.2016.12.018



6756

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