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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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How to increase the attractiveness of STEM for female students

Women have been traditionally under-represented in college major fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Analyzing the reasons is one of the hottest topics in the economics of education. Low graduation rates in STEM fields among women are believed … Continue reading

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Should colleges share the burden of student loan debt?

Tertiary education is a costly thing. How to design its financing is a major topic in public policy. Around the world, very different policies have been implemented – from tuition-free education in Germany, and interest-free loans reimbursed after graduation in Australia, … 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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Student internships increase wages later in life

Most university students complete an internship while pursuing an academic degree: some work during the semester breaks, others even take a whole semester off to gain some work experience. In Germany, nearly 80 percent of all students had at least … 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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Women are not scared of competing with males, field experiment shows

Despite increasing female labor market participation, gender differences in labor market outcomes persist: men earn more, have better employment perspectives and better access to top positions. One explanation for the persisting gender gap is that women are more reluctant to … Continue reading

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