Achievement Rank Affects Performance and Major Choices in College

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dc.contributor.authorElsner, Benjamin-
dc.contributor.authorIsphording, Ingo E.-
dc.contributor.authorZölitz, Ulf-
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-31T11:47:44Z-
dc.date.available2021-05-31T11:47:44Z-
dc.date.copyright2021 the Authorsen_US
dc.date.issued2021-04-
dc.identifier.other202110-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10197/12224-
dc.description.abstractThis paper studies how a student’s ordinal rank in a peer group affects performance and specialisation choices in university. By exploiting data with repeated random assignment of students to teaching sections, we find that a higher rank increases performance and the probability of choosing related follow-up courses and majors. We document two types of dynamic effects. First, earlier ranks are less important than later ranks. Second, responses to rank changes are asymmetric: improvements in rank raise performance, while decreases in rank have no effect. Rank effects partially operate through students’ expectations about future grades.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity College Dublin. School of Economicsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesUCD Centre for Economic Research Working Paper Seriesen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesWP2021/10en_US
dc.subjectRanken_US
dc.subjectSocial comparisonsen_US
dc.subjectHigher educationen_US
dc.subjectPeer effectsen_US
dc.subject.classificationI21en_US
dc.subject.classificationJ16en_US
dc.subject.classificationJ31en_US
dc.titleAchievement Rank Affects Performance and Major Choices in Collegeen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.statusPeer revieweden_US
dc.identifier.startpage1en_US
dc.identifier.endpage54en_US
dc.neeo.contributorElsner|Benjamin|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorIsphording|Ingo E.|aut|-
dc.neeo.contributorZölitz|Ulf|aut|-
dc.rights.licensehttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ie/en_US
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