A little now for a lot later

A look at a texas advanced placement incentive program

C. Kirabo Jackson*

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Abstract

I analyze a program implemented in Texas schools serving underprivileged populations that pays both students and teachers for passing grades on Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. Using a difference-in-differences strategy, I find that program adoption is associated with increased AP course and exam taking, increases in the number of students with high SAT/ACT scores, and increases in college matriculation. The rewards don't appear to distort behaviors in undesirable ways, and I present evidence that teachers and students were not simply maximizing rewards. Guidance counselors credit the improvements to greater AP access, changes in social norms towards APs, and better student information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-639
Number of pages49
JournalJournal of Human Resources
Volume45
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

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Incentives
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Difference-in-differences
Social norms
Guidance

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  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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