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

Benjamin L. Castleman (), Francis X. Murphy (), Richard Patterson () and William Skimmyhorn
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Benjamin L. Castleman: University of Virginia
Francis X. Murphy: United States Army

No 12523, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

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 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D15 D91 H52 I24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
Date: 2019-08
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