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The e ect of financial rewards on students achievement: Evidence from a randomized experiment

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  • Edwin Leuven

    (University of Amsterdam & Tinbergen Institute)

  • Hessel Oosterbeek

    (University of Amsterdam & Tinbergen Institute)

  • Bas van der Klaauw

    (Free University Amsterdam & Tinbergen Institute)

Abstract

This paper reports about a randomized field experiment in which first year economics and business students at the University of Amsterdam could earn financial rewards for passing the first year requirements within one year. Participants were assigned to a high, low and zero (control) reward group. The passing rate and the numbers of collected credit point are not statistically di erent across the three groups. We do find some evidence for heterogeneous treatment effects. In particular, high ability students and students from higher social backgrounds have higher passing rates and collect more credit points when assigned to (higher) reward groups. Students in the reward groups, however, do not report to have studied more hours.

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  • Edwin Leuven & Hessel Oosterbeek & Bas van der Klaauw, 2004. "The e ect of financial rewards on students achievement: Evidence from a randomized experiment," HEW 0410002, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwphe:0410002
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    Keywords

    financial incentives; student achievement; randomized social experiment; heterogeneous treatment effects; university education;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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