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Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit

Alan, Sule and Boneva, Teodora and Ertac, Seda (2019) 'Ever Failed, Try Again, Succeed Better: Results from a Randomized Educational Intervention on Grit.' Quarterly Journal of Economics, 134 (3). 1121 - 1162. ISSN 0033-5533

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Abstract

We show that grit, a skill that has been shown to be highly predictive of achievement, is malleable in childhood and can be fostered in the classroom environment. We evaluate a randomized educational intervention implemented in two independent elementary school samples. Outcomes are measured via a novel incentivized real effort task and performance in standardized tests. We find that treated students are more likely to exert effort to accumulate task-specific ability, and hence, more likely to succeed. In a follow up 2.5 years after the intervention, we estimate an effect of about 0.2 standard deviations on a standardized math test.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2019 21:02
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2019 15:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23952

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