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Tournaments, gift exchanges, and the effect of monetary incentives for teachers: the case of Chile

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  • Dante Contreras G.
  • Tomás Rau B.

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In this paper we evaluate the introduction of monetary incentives for teachers, based on a school performance tournament in Chile. We evaluate the tournament effect, i.e. the effect of introducing the incentive scheme on all participant schools: winners and losers. We also evaluate the effect of winning the tournament on next period school performance that we call the gift-exchange effect. Matching and Regression Discontinuity techniques are used to identify both treatment effects. The results indicate a positive and significant tournament effect and a positive but nonsignificant gift-exchange effect.

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  • Dante Contreras G. & Tomás Rau B., 2009. "Tournaments, gift exchanges, and the effect of monetary incentives for teachers: the case of Chile," Working Papers wp305, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
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    1. Barbara Bruns & Javier Luque, 2014. "Great Teachers : How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean--Overview," World Bank Other Operational Studies 19507, The World Bank.
    2. Felipe Gajardo & Nicolas Grau, 2017. "Competition among schools and educational quality: Tension between various objectives of educational policy," Working Papers wp445, University of Chile, Department of Economics.
    3. repec:eee:ecoedu:v:63:y:2018:i:c:p:154-166 is not listed on IDEAS
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    6. Mizala, Alejandra & Urquiola, Miguel, 2013. "School markets: The impact of information approximating schools' effectiveness," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 103(C), pages 313-335.
    7. Muralidharan, Karthik & Sundararaman, Venkatesh, 2011. "Teacher opinions on performance pay: Evidence from India," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 394-403, June.
    8. Masino, Serena & Niño-Zarazúa, Miguel, 2016. "What works to improve the quality of student learning in developing countries?," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 48(C), pages 53-65.
    9. Lockheed, Marlaine E., 2014. "Teacher opinions on performance incentives : evidence from the Kyrgyz Republic," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6752, The World Bank.
    10. Cáceres-Delpiano, Julio & Giolito, Eugenio P., 2014. "The Impact of Age of Entry on Academic Progression," IZA Discussion Papers 8694, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    11. Contreras, Dante & Elacqua, Gregory & Martinez, Matías & Miranda, Álvaro, 2016. "Bullying, identity and school performance: Evidence from Chile," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 51(C), pages 147-162.

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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy

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