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When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers?: New Evidence on College Achievement Awards

When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers?: New Evidence on College Achievement Awards ABSTRACT: We evaluate the effects of academic achievement awards for first- and second-year college students studying at a Canadian commuter college. The award scheme offered linear cash incentives for course grades above 70. Awards were paid every term. Program participants also had access to peer advising by upperclassmen. Program engagement appears to have been high but overall treatment effects were small. The intervention increased the number of courses graded above 70 and points earned above 70 for second-year students but generated no significant effect on overall GPA. Results are somewhat stronger for a subsample of applicants who correctly described the program rules. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Human Resources University of Wisconsin Press

When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers?: New Evidence on College Achievement Awards

Journal of Human Resources , Volume 49 (3) – Aug 11, 2014

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ABSTRACT: We evaluate the effects of academic achievement awards for first- and second-year college students studying at a Canadian commuter college. The award scheme offered linear cash incentives for course grades above 70. Awards were paid every term. Program participants also had access to peer advising by upperclassmen. Program engagement appears to have been high but overall treatment effects were small. The intervention increased the number of courses graded above 70 and points earned above 70 for second-year students but generated no significant effect on overall GPA. Results are somewhat stronger for a subsample of applicants who correctly described the program rules.

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Journal of Human ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin Press

Published: Aug 11, 2014

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