Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183409
Authors: 
Cappelen, Alexander W.
Charness, Gary
Ekström, Mathias
Gneezy, Uri
Tungodden, Bertil
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1180
Abstract: 
We report the results of a randomized controlled trial testing whether incentivizing physical exercise improves the academic performance of college students. As expected, the intervention increases physical activity. The main result is that it generates a strong and significant improvement in academic performance, particularly for students who struggled at the baseline in terms of lifestyle habits. We also provide evidence on the underlying mechanisms: Students who were incentivized to exercise have a healthier life style and improved self-control. Overall, the study demonstrates that incentivizing students to exercise can be an important tool in improving educational achievements.
Subjects: 
Economics of education
Human capital formation
Behavior change
Field experiment
JEL: 
C93
I12
I18
I21
Z20
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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