The next RITM Economics Seminar will take place on Monday 1st March, from 11:00 to 12:00. Manon Garrouste (LEM-CNRS, Université de Lille) will present “Neighbor Effects and Track Choices” co-writting with Camille Hémet (ENS – PSE).

The aim of the paper is to analyze the effect of neighbors’ choices on individual track choices at the end of lower secondary education. To take account of endogenous location decisions, we use within-catchment-area variation in location between small statistical units in the municipality of Paris. Preliminary results suggest that close neighbors do matter in track choices at the end of lower secondary education, but only for pupils going to a vocational track. Pupils who continue in an academic track are not influenced by their neighbors. Neighbor effects tend to accentuate social segregation across high school tracks.