Active Choice Framing and Intergenerational Education Benefits: Evidence from the Field

37 Pages Posted: 4 Sep 2019

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Benjamin Castleman

University of Virginia

Richard Patterson

United States Military Academy; Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis and Management

Bill Skimmyhorn

Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary; U.S. Army Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis

Francis X. Murphy

U. S. Army (TACOM-ARDEC)

Abstract

The Post-9/11 GI Bill allows service members to transfer generous education benefits to a dependent. We run a large-scale experiment to test whether active choice framing impacts US Army service members' decision to transfer benefits. Individuals who received email messages framing GI Bill use as an active choice between own use and transfer to a family member are more likely to pursue information about the benefit than individuals receiving outreach that does not frame the decision as an active choice. While we find no overall effect of framing on transfer, active choice increases transfer among service members with graduate degrees.

Keywords: active choice, GI Bill, randomized controlled trial

JEL Classification: D15, D91, H52, I24

Suggested Citation

Castleman, Benjamin and Patterson, Richard and Skimmyhorn, William and Murphy, Francis X., Active Choice Framing and Intergenerational Education Benefits: Evidence from the Field. IZA Discussion Paper No. 12523. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3445790

Benjamin Castleman (Contact Author)

University of Virginia ( email )

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Richard Patterson

United States Military Academy ( email )

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Cornell University - Department of Policy Analysis and Management ( email )

Ithaca, NY
United States
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William Skimmyhorn

Mason School of Business, College of William & Mary ( email )

Williamsburg, VA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://mason.wm.edu/faculty/directory/full-time-faculty/skimmyhorn_w.php

U.S. Army Office of Economic and Manpower Analysis ( email )

West Point, NY
United States

Francis X. Murphy

U. S. Army (TACOM-ARDEC)

United States

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