Student Network Centrality and Academic Performance: Evidence from United Nations University

Zhang, Ying, Rajabzadeh, Iman and Lauterbach, Rodolfo (2009). Student Network Centrality and Academic Performance: Evidence from United Nations University. UNU-MERIT.

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  • Author Zhang, Ying
    Rajabzadeh, Iman
    Lauterbach, Rodolfo
    Title Student Network Centrality and Academic Performance: Evidence from United Nations University
    Publication Date 2009
    Publisher UNU-MERIT
    Abstract In this paper we empirically studied the relationship between network centrality and academic performance among a group of 47 PhD students from UNU-MERIT institute. We conducted an independent email survey and relied on social networks theory as well as standard econometric procedures to analyse the data. We found a significant reversed U-shaped relation between network centrality and students’ academic performance. We controlled our results by several node’s characteristics such as age, academic background, and research area. Additional evidence shows that there is a negative impact of age on academic performance at PhD student level. Contributions of this paper can refer to the input into studies that aim to explore peereffect. Also it contributes to the methodological approach by combining elements of network analysis and econometric theories. This study demonstrates that when evaluating the impact of network centrality on performance, there is no significant difference between various network centrality measurements. JEL : D85, I21, I23, L14 Keywords : Networks analysis, Network centrality, Peer-effect, Academic performance
    Copyright Holder UNU-MERIT
    Copyright Year 2009
    ISSN 1871-9872
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