Students exposed to more hardworking peers achieve higher grades

Ulf Zölitz, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, who is affiliated with the Jacobs Centre for Productive Youth Development, talks about his research on the effects of peer personality on educational achievement. His most recent paper has important implications for policies related to child and youth development. He has found that interventions designed to develop socio-emotional skills have spill-over effects on the performance of fellow students.

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