Research Seminar Series on “Global Challenges” – Emma Tominey (The University of York), 26th October 2023 at 12.15 p.m. (CET)

Research Seminar Series on “Global Challenges”

Emma Tominey (The University of York) on “First generation elite: the role of school social networks”jointly organised by Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano, BAFFI and the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (University of Milan) in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Economia, Metodi Quantitativi e Strategie di Impresa (Università Milano Bicocca), the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Gestionale (Politecnico di Milano) and the Department of Economics of the University of Insubria.


The seminar will be held on Thursday, 26th October 2023 at 12:15 p.m. (CET) in a hybrid format:

– DEMM seminar room, Via Conservatorio 7, 2nd floor.
– Via Zoom. Please register by email to

High school students from non-elite backgrounds are less likely to have peers with elite educated parents than their elite counterparts in Norway. We show this difference in social capital is a key driver of the high intergenerational persistence in elite education.
We identify a positive elite peer effect on enrolment in elite programmes and disentangle underlying mechanisms. Exploiting a lottery in the assessment system, a causal mediation analysis shows the overall positive peer effect reflects a positive effect on application behaviour (conditional on GPA), which dominates a negative effect on student GPA. We consider implications for income mobility finding that encouraging further mixing between elite and non-elite students in high school could improve mobility across the whole distribution.