Chalk + Talk with Professor Stephen Gibbons

Neighbours, peers and educational achievement

We are delighted to welcome Professor Stephen Gibbons to the SMF on 22nd May from 12.30 to 13.30.

It is a commonly held view that a child’s education is sensitive to the influence of the friends, school mates, neighbours and others that they interact with. But how big are these effects relative to other influences – such as individual ability, family background, teacher quality and school resources? At this Chalk + Talk Professor Stephen Gibbons, LSE, summarises recent quantitative research on these issues and argues that the evidence suggests that the effects of these ‘social interactions’ on achievements are generally relatively small.

Professor Stephen Gibbons

Stephen Gibbons is a Professor of Economic Geography, and teaches urban economics, quantitative methods, applied spatial analysis, and Geographical Information Systems. Gibbons is also Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre at LSE.

Chalk + Talk
is the SMF’s popular lunchtime seminar series, run in partnership with the ESRC. Chalk + Talk brings the best policy output from the world of academia into the heart of Westminster.

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