Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/36125
Authors: 
Rodríguez-Planas, Núria
Year of Publication: 
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

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