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dc.contributor.authorPu, Shien
dc.contributor.authorYan, Yuen
dc.contributor.authorZhang, Liangen
dc.description.abstractThis study used college dormitory room and social group assignment data to investigate the peer effect on the probability of college students switching their major fields of study. The results revealed strong evidence of peer effects on students’ decisions to switch majors. In particular, the number of a student’s peers who have the same major significantly reduces the student’s likelihood of switching majors; however, when a same-major peer switches majors, it significantly increases a student’s probability of switching majors. This study also found that peers’ majors affected students’ choice of destination majors. Students in the same peer group are more likely to choose the same destination majors, compared to non-peers. Finally, the authors found that in general peer effects at the dormitory room level, both in choice and persistence of major, were stronger than were peer effects at the social group level.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAnnenberg Institute at Brown Universityen
dc.publisherAnnenberg Institute at Brown Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEdWorkingPaper; 20-246en
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0en
dc.subjectdormitory lifeen
dc.subjectstudent choicesen
dc.subjectcollege experienceen
dc.titleDo Peers Affect Undergraduates’ Decisions to Switch Majors?en

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