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Title:Longer-term impacts of mentoring, educational services, and incentives to learn: evidence from a randomized trial PDF Logo
Authors:Rodríguez-Planas, Núria
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4754
Abstract:This paper is the first to use a randomized trial in the US to analyze the short- and long-term educational and employment impacts of an after-school program, the Quantum Opportunity Program, that offered disadvantaged high-school youth: mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards with the objective to improve high-school graduation and post-secondary schooling enrollment. Average impacts reveal that the hefty beneficial educational outcomes quickly faded away. Heterogeneity matters. While encouraging results are found for the younger youth; detrimental long-lived outcomes for males suggest that extrinsic rewards may be crowding out intrinsic motivation. Evidence by sites' funding source, which led to implementation differences, supports this hypothesis.
Subjects:Short-, medium- and long-term effects
after-school programs
intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
educational and employment outcomes
JEL:C93
I21
I22
I28
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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