Tag Archives: motivation

Money to study? Research on motivation and incentives for students

Differences in educational outcomes based on socioeconomic background is a well-documented phenomenon and a key driver of inequalities later in life. Thus, these parities should be of high importance for policy makers. Two recent contributions to the IZA discussion paper … Continue reading

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The perfect moment to score a goal? A football myth debunked

It is often thought that a goal just before half-time serves as a morale-booster and will increase a team’s chances of winning. However, a new IZA Discussion Paper by Ghent University researchers Stijn Baert and Simon Amez suggests that the … Continue reading

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Online quizzes can motivate students to learn more

A large fraction of students fail at university. One potential reason is that students do not exercise enough effort on a regular basis. If intrinsic motivation does not suffice to induce satisfactory student performance, then what interventions might help to … Continue reading

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Grades and rank: How do they affect student effort?

The educational system is built upon a sequence of tests to measure student performance. Improving student performance is a key educational and economic policy issue to which much time and resources are devoted. At the same time, the results of … Continue reading

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Using employee recognition to boost productivity

Good bosses know that recognition and words of appreciation are key tools to motivate employes and increase productivity. But what is the most effective way? Is it better to praise all employees, or just the top performers? A new IZA … Continue reading

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Want better grades? Get a good night’s sleep!

Students who sleep seven hours per night during the exam period score an average of 1.7 points higher (on a scale of 20) on their exams than peers who get only six hours of sleep. In a new IZA DP, … Continue reading

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Are government workers really more public-spirited than those in the private sector?

By Mirco Tonin (University of Southampton and IZA) and Michael Vlassopoulos (University of Southampton) A fifth of UK workers are employed in the public sector. Though public sector work is obvious crucial – schools, hospitals, police and so on – … Continue reading

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