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The Heterogeneous effect of information on student performance: evidence from a randomized control trial in Mexico

Ciro Avitabile and Rafael De Hoyos ()

No 7422, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: A randomized control trial was conducted to study whether providing 10th grade students with information about the returns to upper secondary and tertiary education, and a source of financial aid for tertiary education, can contribute to improve student performance. The study finds that the intervention had no effects on the probability of taking a 12th grade national standardized exam three years after, a proxy for on-time high school completion, but a positive and significant impact on learning outcomes and self-reported measures of effort. The effects are larger for girls and students from households with a relatively high income. These findings are consistent with a simple model where time discount determines the increase in effort and only students with adequate initial conditions are able to translate increased effort into better outcomes.

Keywords: Education For All; Secondary Education; Gender and Education; Tertiary Education; Primary Education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015-09-28
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