phone_iphoneOnline

Katrina's children : evidence on the structure of peer effects from hurricane evacuees

Imberman, Scott A

Publication Details Click to collapse Cite/Export

Summary

  • In 2005, hurricanes Katrina and Rita forced many children to relocate across the Southeast. While schools quickly enrolled evacuees, receiving families worried about the impact of evacuees on non-evacuee students. Data from Houston and Louisiana show that, on average, the influx of evacuees moderately reduced elementary math test scores in Houston. We reject linear-in-means models of peer effects and find evidence of a highly non-linear but monotonic model - student achievement improves with high ability and worsens with low ability peers. Moreover, exposure to undisciplined evacuees increased native absenteeism and disciplinary problems, supporting a "bad apple" model in behavior.

Notes

  • "August 2009"
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-41).
  • Electronic reproduction. Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research. Mode of access: World Wide Web; may require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Checking the Web...