Incentives to Learn

45 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2005

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Michael Kremer

Harvard University - Department of Economics; Brookings Institution; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Center for Global Development; Harvard University - Harvard Kennedy School (HKS)

Edward Miguel

University of California, Berkeley - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Rebecca Thornton

Harvard University - Department of Economics

Owen W. Ozier

World Bank - Development Economics Group (DEC); World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

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Date Written: May 2004

Abstract

We report results from a randomized evaluation of a merit scholarship program for adolescent girls in Kenya. Girls who scored well on academic exams received a cash grant and had school fees paid. Girls eligible for the scholarship showed significant gains in academic exam scores (average gain 0.15 standard deviations). There was considerable sample attrition and no significant program impacts in the smaller of the two program districts, but in the other district girls showed large gains (average gain 0.22-0.27 s.d.), and these gains persisted one full year following the competition. There is also evidence of positive program externalities on.

Suggested Citation

Kremer, Michael R. and Miguel, Edward and Thornton, Rebecca and Ozier, Owen W., Incentives to Learn (May 2004). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3546. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=748644

Michael R. Kremer

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