Felix Weinhardt How Can Classroom Rank Affect Students in Later Life?

Dr. Felix Weinhardt is a Research Associate at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). Having completed his PhD at the London School of Economics, Weinhardt has held postdoctoral fellowships at LSE and at Humboldt University, Berlin. His research interests include education economics and the causes and consequences of social inequality. With Richard Murphy, Weinhardt was the recipient of the 2016 UWIN Best Paper Award on Gender Economics.

Area of Research

Applied Economics, Manifestations and Causes of Social and Spatial Inequalities

since 2016

Research Associate (with Tenure)

German Institute for Economic Research (Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung DIW)

Department of Education and Family

2015-2016

DFG project on Broadband Internet Access and Human Capital Formation

Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

2014-2016

Postdoc in Applied Microeconomics

Humboldt University of Berlin (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)

2012-2013

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

CEP

2011-2012

Fellow in Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

Department of Economics

2008-2012

PhD

London School of Economics and Political Science

2008

MSc Human Geography (Research)

London School of Economics and Political Science

2006

BSc Geography with Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science

- AEJ: Applied Economics, American Economic Review, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Geography, Empirical Economics, Economic Journal, Economics of Education Review, Economic Inquiry, European Economic Review, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, etc

- Certificate of Excellence in Reviewing for Economics of Education Review (2014)

- Member of VfS Standing Field Committee of Education (since 2017)

- Member of VfS Standing Field Committee of Regional Science (since 2016)

- Chairman of the Berlin Network of Labor Market Research (BeNA) (2016-2017)

- EEA Scientific Program Committee (2017, 2018)

- RSAI/ERSA 2015 Barcelona Workshop Scientific Program Committee (2015)

Fellowships

- CESifo Research Fellow, Economics of Digitization (since 2017)

- Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, Affiliate since 2011, LSE

- Research Fellow at IZA, Affiliate since 2010, (Institute for the Study of Labor), Bonn (since 2014)

- Berlin Economics Research Associate (BERA) (2016-2017)

Prizes

- UniCredit & Universities Best Paper Award on Gender Economics - 6th Ed. (2016)

- Board Member of the DFG-CRC 190 “Rationality and Competition” (since 2017)

- DFG Funding (Sachbeihilfe) for research project on “Can information provision increase postgraduate enrollment of students with low socioeconomic background?” (Co-PI, ~350k)

- DFG funding (Sachbeihilfe) for research project on “Broadband Internet Access and Human (2015)

- ESRC-funded project: Impacts on Students Achievement in England (PI, ~£180k) (2012)

Many factors in early years’ education can have lasting effects. In this video, FELIX WEINHARDT analyzes the impact that a student’s rank position in the elementary school classroom can have in later life. Working with data from England and Texas, Weinhardt observes that a student’s rank position at the top, middle or bottom of their elementary school class, along with shifts in that position, can affect not only test scores and subject choice but, potentially, also, college attendance and earnings. The research provides an important starting point for further work on how we can best organize our schools and classrooms to bring about overall gains.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10717

Class Rank and Long-run Outcomes

  • Jeffrey T. Denning, Richard J. Murphy and Felix Weinhardt
  • DIW Discussion Papers
  • Published in 2018
Jeffrey T. Denning, Richard J. Murphy and Felix Weinhardt. "Class Rank and Long-run Outcomes." Unpublished. 2018.

Top of the Class: The Importance of Ordinal Rank

  • Felix Weinhardt and Richard Murphy
  • NBER Working Paper
  • Published in 2018
Felix Weinhardt and Richard Murphy. "Top of the Class: The Importance of Ordinal Rank." NBER Working Paper (2018): No. 24958.