Seminar CRENoS-DECA - Vincenzo Scoppa

10/05/2010 - 15:00 to 17:00

Aula Magna, Faculty of Economics

Viale Sant'Ignazio, 74


Presentation of the paper
Monetary Incentives and Student Achievement in a Depressed Labour Market: Results from a Randomized Experiment
Vincenzo Scoppa
Università della Calabria
Vincenzo Scoppa
with Maria De Paola, Rosanna Nisticò
Department of Economics and Statistics, University of Calabria
In this paper we carry out an evaluation of the effectiveness of monetary incentives in enhancing student performance using a randomized experiment involving under graduate students enrolled at a Southern Italian University. Students participating at the experiment were assigned to three different groups: a high reward group, a low renard group and a control group. Rewards were assigned following a tournament rule to the 30 best performing students in each treated group. Findings suggest that financial rewards increase student performance both in terms of number of credits acquired and grades obtained at exams. High ability students react strongly while the effect is very weak for low ability students. When the intention to treat effects are adjusted for nonparticipation, using IV, it emerges a stronger impact of the treatment on student  Performance.
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