Tag Archives: student performance

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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Terrorism, hurricanes, economic crises: Learning through exogenous shocks

Economists seem to have a conspicuous interest in unexpected, far-reaching or even catastrophic events. In most cases, though, this interest does not reflect a tendency for cruel fascination and sensationalism, but stems from the academic desire to uncover meaningful causal … Continue reading

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Different sleep cycles can explain part of the gender performance gap in education

Girls largely outperform boys academically in middle and high school. Performance gaps begin to arise as early as in third grade, when boys start recording lower reading scores than girls. These gaps continue to permeate and grow through secondary school … Continue reading

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High times for students

When a U.S. state passes a medical marijuana law (MML), effectively lowering the costs of obtaining marijuana for both patients and non-patients, part-time college students in the state spend significantly less time attending and studying for class. Moreover, this reduction … Continue reading

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A stitch in time saves nine: procrastination and academic success

Every student knows how hard it can be to pull yourself together and study. From a short-run perspective, being lazy makes sense: studying is an investment in the distant future, while lying in the sun provides immediate utility. So procrastination … Continue reading

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Better high school, better university performance

In recent years, many states in the U.S., including California, Texas, and Oregon, have changed admissions policies to increase access to public universities for students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds.  However, it is not clear how these students will perform, which … Continue reading

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