Incentives for Student Effort
Last registered on February 27, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Incentives for Student Effort
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000643
Initial registration date
February 27, 2015
Last updated
February 27, 2015 8:18 PM EST
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
UC San Diego
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2014-08-15
End date
2017-08-01
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Despite the importance of student effort in determining education outcomes, relatively few programs have been designed to directly motivate students. Yet most school-age children face a difficult intertemporal decision problem since the costs of studying are immediate while the payoff is distant and uncertain. Although recent experiments have found that student incentives can improve learning outcomes under some circumstances, the impact of such rewards has likely been limited by a focus rewarding relatively distant outcomes (end-of-semester exams). This field experiment with primary school children in India leverages a technology-based learning platform to directly reward student effort (i.e. practicing) through both tangible and non-tangible incentives.
External Link(s)
Registration Citation
Citation
Hirshleifer, Sarojini. 2015. "Incentives for Student Effort." AEA RCT Registry. February 27. https://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/643/history/3670
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Intervention Start Date
2014-11-17
Intervention End Date
2015-06-30
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
See analysis plan.
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
See analysis plan.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
STATA
Randomization Unit
Classroom
Was the treatment clustered?
Yes
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
45
Sample size: planned number of observations
approximately 1500
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Rotation Design. See analysis plan.
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
See analysis plan.
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
UCSD Human Research Protections Program
IRB Approval Date
2014-07-09
IRB Approval Number
none
Analysis Plan

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Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports and Papers
Preliminary Reports
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