Evaluation of an Incentive Program on Educational Achievement of Indigenous Students

19 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2016

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Uwe Dulleck

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance

Juliana Silva‐Goncalves

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance

Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology; CREMA; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

Date Written: September 2016

Abstract

This article introduces an incentive program that attempts to close the gap in educational attainment between Indigenous and non‐Indigenous Australians, and provides an evaluation of its effectiveness. The program uses in‐kind incentives conditional on achievement of a specific target for academic grades, classroom behaviour and attendance, coupled with information sessions on the importance of educational achievement. In 2012, all indigenous students enrolled in 21 high schools in Queensland were invited to take part in the program. Using a differences‐in‐differences design, we find that the program improved classroom behaviour and academic grades and reduced unexplained absences for female students only. In contrast, the program improved scores on a standardised national assessment test for male students. Moreover, we find that the program is only effective for students from intact families.

Suggested Citation

Dulleck, Uwe and Silva‐Goncalves, Juliana and Torgler, Benno, Evaluation of an Incentive Program on Educational Achievement of Indigenous Students (September 2016). Economic Record, Vol. 92, Issue 298, pp. 329-347, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2836244 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1475-4932.12273

Uwe Dulleck (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

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Juliana Silva‐Goncalves

Queensland University of Technology - School of Economics and Finance ( email )

GPO Box 2434
2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

Benno Torgler

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

GPO Box 2434
2 George Street
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Australia

CREMA

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Zurich, CH 8006
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CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute for Economic Research)

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Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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