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Knowing who you are : the effect of feedback information on short and long term outcomes

  title={Knowing who you are : the effect of feedback information on short and long term outcomes},
  author={Sofoklis Goulas and Rigissa Megalokonomou},
We study the effect of disclosing relative performance information (feedback) on students' performance in high-school and on subsequent university enrolment. We exploit a large scale natural experiment where students in some cohorts are provided with their national and school relative performance. Using unique primary collected data, we find an asymmetric response to the relative performance information - high achieving students improve their last-year performance by 0.15 standard deviations… 
The Long-term Consequences of More Informative Grading
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Efects of Timing and Reference Frame of Feedback Evidence From a Field Experiment
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College Field Specialization and Beliefs about Relative Performance
Beliefs about relative academic performance may be a determinant of field specialization and may explain some of the gender gap in college STEM enrollment, but there is little causal evidence
Which degrees do students prefer during recessions?
We examine how changes in the unemployment rate affect demand for tertiary education, demand for different fields of university study and degrees’ admission thresholds. We use panel data for
Motivating low-achievers—Relative performance feedback in primary schools
Abstract Relative performance feedback (RPF) has often been shown to improve effort and performance in the workplace and educational settings. Yet, many studies also document substantial negative
Motivating Low-Achievers—Relative Performance Feedback in Primary Schools
Relative performance feedback (RPF) has often been shown to improve effort and performance in the workplace and educational settings. Yet, many studies also document substantial negative effects of
Strategic feedback in teams: Theory and experimental evidence
We theoretically and experimentally analyze public and private feedback in teams that are characterized by different performance technologies. We consider a setting where the principal has some
Comparative Advantage and Gender Gap in Stem
Why are females compared to males both more likely to have strong STEM-related performance and less likely to study STEM later on? We exploit random assignment of students to classrooms in Greece to
Rank, Sex, Drugs, and Crime
We show that a student’s ordinal ability rank in a high-school cohort is an important determinant of engaging in risky behaviors. Using longitudinal data from representative U.S. high schools, we
Nudging in education: from theory towards guidelines for successful implementation
Nudging is one of the strategies from behavioral economics that aims to influence behavior by changing the environment. We propose that it could also be a valuable means to influence behavior in


The Importance of Relative Performance Feedback Information: Evidence from a Natural Experiment Using High School Students
We study the effect of providing relative performance feedback information on performance under piece-rate incentives. A natural experiment that took place in a high school offers an unusual
Blissful Ignorance? Evidence From a Natural Experiment on The Effect of Individual Feedback on Performance
A theoretical framework and empirical strategy to measure the causal effect of interim feedback on individuals’ performance are presented and the provision of feedback has a positive effect on student’s subsequent test scores throughout the ability distribution, with the effect being more pronounced for more able students.
Peer Effects and the Impact of Tracking: Evidence from a Randomized Evaluation in Kenya
This paper provides experimental evidence on the impact of tracking primary school students by initial achievement. In the presence of positive spillover effects from academically proficient peers,
The Good, the Bad and the Average: Evidence on the Scale and Nature of Ability Peer Effects in Schools
In this paper, we study ability peer effects in secondary schools in England and identify which segments of the peer ability distribution drive the impact of peer quality on students‟ achievements.
Inequality at Work: The Effect of Peer Salaries on Job Satisfaction
Economists have long speculated that individuals care about both their absolute income and their income relative to others. We use a simple theoretical framework and a randomized manipulation of
Peer Effects in Academic Outcomes: Evidence from a Natural Experiment
  • D. Zimmerman
  • Psychology
    Review of Economics and Statistics
  • 2003
I use data from Williams College to implement a quasi-experimental empirical strategy aimed at measuring peer effects in academic outcomes. In particular, I use data on individual students' grades,
The Importance of Rank Position
We find an individual's rank within their reference group has effects on later objective outcomes. To evaluate the impact of local rank, we use a large administrative dataset tracking over two
Rank Incentives: Evidence from a Randomized Workplace Experiment
Performance rankings are a very common workplace management practice. Behavioral theories suggest that providing performance rankings to employees, even without pecuniary consequences, may directly
Peer Effects in the Classroom: Learning from Gender and Race Variation
Peer effects are potentially important for understanding the optimal organization of schools, jobs, and neighborhoods, but finding evidence is difficult because people are selected into peer groups
Does School Quality Matter? Returns to Education and the Characteristics of Public Schools in the United States
This paper estimates the effects of school quality - - measured by the pupil-teacher ratio, the average term length, and the relative pay of teachers -- on the rate of return to education for men