Mohit Agrawal

Research Interests

My active research includes projects on (1) information costs and peer effects in school choice and (2) voter information and political polarization.

Working Papers

Joe Altonji, Rick Mansfield, and I have extended the Altonji-Mansfield model for selection on unobservables to: (1) Disaggregate location vs school effects after accounting for peer effects. We show that under reasonable assumptions, our model provides an upper bound on peer effects (and thus a lower bound on school effects). We find that for student outcomes, neighborhood effects are close to 0, but that school and commuting-zone effects are quite important. (2) Test whether vertical school quality has a heterogeneous effect on student outcomes. We find no evidence for this type of heterogeneity. Draft of working paper is available upon request.