Selection and influence processes in academic achievement - more pronounced for girls?

Kretschmer, David ; Leszczensky, Lars ; Pink, Sebastian

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Social Networks
Volume: 52
Page range: 251-260
Place of publication: Amsterdam
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-8733
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Allgemeine Soziologie (Kalter 2009-)
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: Friends tend to be similar in their academic achievement. In this study, we investigate whether this similarity results from students selecting friends with similar achievement or from friends influencingstudents’ achievement. In particular, we argue that selection and influence effects should be stronger among girls than among boys. Using friendship network data on 1273 German secondary school students and stochastic actor-oriented models for the co-evolution of networks and behavior, we find selection effects only among girls, which is in line with our theoretical arguments. By contrast, influence effects contribute to achievement similarity among both boys and girls.

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