This article provides an empirical assessment of the effect of immigrant concentration on student learning in Italian primary and lower secondary schools, using the data of a standardized learning assessment, administered in 2010 to the entire student population of selected grades at the national level. Identification is accomplished by exploiting the within-school random variability observed between classes in the share of immigrant students. I estimate peer effects allowing for heterogeneous effects between native and immigrant background children, and among natives, between children of different socio-economic status. The main finding is that the proportion of immigrant students has a weak effect on child learning outcomes, and that this effect is somewhat larger for children from disadvantaged backgrounds (immigrants and low socio-economic status).

Immigrant background peer effects in Italian schools

CONTINI, Dalit
2011

Abstract

This article provides an empirical assessment of the effect of immigrant concentration on student learning in Italian primary and lower secondary schools, using the data of a standardized learning assessment, administered in 2010 to the entire student population of selected grades at the national level. Identification is accomplished by exploiting the within-school random variability observed between classes in the share of immigrant students. I estimate peer effects allowing for heterogeneous effects between native and immigrant background children, and among natives, between children of different socio-economic status. The main finding is that the proportion of immigrant students has a weak effect on child learning outcomes, and that this effect is somewhat larger for children from disadvantaged backgrounds (immigrants and low socio-economic status).
http://www.de.unito.it/web/member/segreteria/WP/2011/14_WP_Contini.pdf
educational inequalities; learning outcomes; immigrant children; peer effects
Dalit Contini
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