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thursday afternoon links: econ and education edition

1. Arrrrghhh!!! Pete Leeson, pirate economist, will be visiting at Chicago next academic year.  Watch out for ships sporting a game theory flag in Lake Michigan. Previous orgtheory posts on Leeson’s pirate research.

2. Remember my discussion of paying kids to learn? The early results of the Fryer experiment are in: increases in test taking, not scores. I don’t think this refutes the concept of incentives – there are lots of obvious cases of people studying hard for money (e.g., med school applicants). But the incentives have to be compatible with context. Will a few hundred bucks be enough to make kids overcome crummy schools, the lures of social life, and the otherwise bad post-graduation prospects? Probably not.

3. Over at Orgs and Markets,  two posts on university salaries. This one on public schools and this one on private schools.

Written by fabiorojas

March 5, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Posted in economics, education, fabio

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  1. […] with children in New York City. The question is simple: does paying kids improve performance? As I mentioned yesterday, the preliminary evidence is that children are more likely to participate in the test, but they are […]

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  2. […] that the incentive didn’t work. The question is simple: does paying kids improve performance? As I mentioned yesterday, the preliminary evidence is that children are more likely to participate in the test, but they are […]

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  3. I don’t know if the early Fryer results are in, but unless I’m missing something, they aren’t reported on in this article. The finding you mention may be the one on AP Tests by Kirabo Jackson.

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    Michael Bishop

    March 18, 2009 at 3:46 pm

  4. Correction, the article does have a sentence on the early results. Not enough to really understand what they mean though.

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    Michael Bishop

    March 18, 2009 at 7:24 pm


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