The effects of high stakes high school achievement awards : evidence from a randomized trial
Angrist, Joshua and Lavy, Victor. (2009) The effects of high stakes high school achievement awards : evidence from a randomized trial. American Economic Review, Vol.99 (No.4). pp. 1384-1414. ISSN 0002-8282Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1257/aer.99.4.1384
The Israeli matriculation certificate is a prerequisite for most postsecondary schooling. In a randomized trial, we attempted to increase certification rates among low-achievers with cash incentives. The experiment used a school-based randomization design offering awards to all who passed their exams in treated schools. This led to a substantial increase in certification rates for girls but had no effect on boys. Affected girls had a relatively high ex ante chance of certification. The increase in girls' matriculation rates translated into an increased likelihood of college attendance. Female matriculation rates increased partly because treated girls devoted extra time to exam preparation.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
L Education > L Education (General)
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||American Economic Review|
|Publisher:||American Economic Association|
|Official Date:||September 2009|
|Number of Pages:||31|
|Page Range:||pp. 1384-1414|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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