Tyler Williams

Department of Economics
MIT, E52-354
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December 2010When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers? New Evidence on College Achievement Awards
with Joshua Angrist, Philip Oreopoulos: w16643
We evaluate the effects of academic achievement awards for first and second-year college students on a Canadian commuter campus. The award scheme offered linear cash incentives for course grades above 70. Awards were paid every term. Program participants also had access to peer advising by upperclassmen. Program engagement appears to have been high but overall treatment effects were small. The intervention increased the number of courses graded above 70 and points earned above 70 for second-year students, but there was no significant effect on overall GPA. Results are somewhat stronger for a subsample that correctly described the program rules. We argue that these results fit in with an emerging picture of mostly modest effects for cash award programs of this type at the post-secondary lev...

When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers? New Evidence on College Achievement Awards,” (with Phil Oreopoulos and Tyler Williams), Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming, 2014. citation courtesy of

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