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Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from A Randomized Educational Intervention

Alan, Sule and Ertac, Seda (2018) 'Fostering Patience in the Classroom: Results from A Randomized Educational Intervention.' Journal of Political Economy, 126 (5). 1865 - 1911. ISSN 0022-3808

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We evaluate the impact of a randomized educational intervention on children’s intertemporal choices. The intervention aims to improve the ability to imagine future selves, and encourages forward-looking behavior using a structured curriculum delivered by children’s own trained teachers. We find that treated students make more patient intertemporal decisions in incentivized experimental tasks. The results persist almost 3 years after the intervention, replicate well in a different sample, and are robust across different experimental elicitation methods. The effects also extend beyond experimental outcomes: we find that treated students are significantly less likely to receive a low “behavior grade”.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: noncognitive skills; intertemporal choice; time preference; randomized interventions; education; experiments
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2018 16:37
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2019 16:15

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