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Incentives and Services for College Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial

Joshua Angrist, Daniel Lang and Philip Oreopoulos
American Economic Journal: Applied Economics
Vol. 1, No. 1 (January 2009), pp. 136-163
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25760150
Page Count: 28
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Incentives and Services for College Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial
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Abstract

This paper reports on an experimental evaluation of strategies designed to improve academic performance among college freshmen. One treatment group was offered academic support services. Another was offered financial incentives for good grades. A third group combined both interventions. Service use was highest for women and for subjects in the combined group. The combined treatment also raised the grades and improved the academic standing of women. These differentials persisted through the end of second year, though incentives were given in the first year only. This suggests study skills among some treated women increased. In contrast, the program had no effect on men.

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