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Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High Schools

  • Jere H. Behrman

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Susan W. Parker

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    (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics(CIDE) Mexico)

  • Petra E. Todd

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

  • Kenneth I. Wolpin

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    (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

This paper evaluates the impact of three different performance incentives schemes using data from a social experiment that randomized 88 Mexican high schools with over 40,000 students into three treatment groups and a control group. Treatment one provides individual incentives for performance on curriculum-based mathematics tests to students only, treatment two to teachers only and treatment three gives both individual and group incentives to students, teachers and school administrators. Program impact estimates reveal the largest average effects for treatment three, smaller impacts for treatment one and no impact for treatment two.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 13-004.

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Length: 51 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2012
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:13-004
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