Incentives and Services for College Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial

@article{Angrist2007IncentivesAS,
  title={Incentives and Services for College Achievement: Evidence from a Randomized Trial},
  author={Joshua David Angrist and Daniel W. Lang and Philip Oreopoulos},
  journal={Organizations \& Markets eJournal},
  year={2007}
}
Many North American college students have trouble satisfying degree requirements in a timely manner. This paper reports on a randomized field experiment involving two strategies designed to improve academic performance among entering full-time undergraduates at a large Canadian university. One treatment group (“services”) was offered peer advising and organized study groups. Another (“incentives”) was offered substantial merit-scholarships for solid, but not necessarily top, first year grades… Expand
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