The Behavioral Determinants of School Achievement: A Lab in the Field Experiment in Middle School
David Masclet and
Thierry Pénard ()
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Etienne Dagorn: Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, IEDES; CNRS, CREM—UMR 6211, F-35000 Rennes
David Masclet: Univ Rennes, France CNRS, CREM—UMR 6211, F-35000 Rennes and Cirano, Canada
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In this paper, we investigate how soft skills are related to educational achievement. We run a lab in the field experiment with pupils in Middle Schools to ask whether altruism, cooperation, willingness to compete and intrinsic motivation influence educational attainment. We find that willingness to compete is a strong predictor of individual educational achievement, while altruism is on the contrary negatively correlated with pupils’ success. Family background is a strong predictor of educational attainment. After controlling for individual and social preferences, we find that girls outperform boys.
Keywords: lab-in-the-field experiment; education; soft skills; preferences; cooperation; competition; teenagers (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: A13 C70 C92 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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