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Seminar Series: Aligning Learning Incentives of Students and Teachers: Results from a Social Experiment in Mexican High School (CANCELED)

Susan W. Parker, Professor, Division of Economics, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (Centro De Investigacion Y Docencia Economicas, A.C. - CIDE) *This seminar will be rescheduled for Spring 2012.
When Dec 13, 2011
from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

This paper evaluates the impact of three different performance incentives schemes using data from a social experiment that randomized 88 Mexican high schools into three treatment groups and a control group. Treatment one provides individual incentives 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 significant average effects of the two treatments that gave student incentives on mathematics test scores, with the largest impact observed for the combined student and teacher incentive program. Providing incentives to teachers only (treatment two) has no discernible effect on test scores. 

Susan Parker

About the Speaker

Susan W. Parker is Professor of Economics at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in the Division of Economics in Mexico City and Adjunct Professor at RAND. She obtained her doctorate in Economics from Yale University. Her research has focused principally on education and health in developing countries, in particular Mexico, and she is an expert on the design, implementation and evaluation of programs, both in randomized controlled trials and in their non-experimental follow-up. She has also studied implementation and targeting issues in the evaluation of social programs. She is visiting the University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center during the fall semester of 2011.

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