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The Impact of Pay-for-Percentile Incentive on Low-Achieving Students in Rural China

Citation

Chang, Fang; Wang, Huan; Qu, Yaqiong; Zheng, Qiang; Loyalka, Prashant; Sylvia, Sean; Shi, Yaojiang; Dill, Sarah-Eve; & Rozelle, Scott (2020). The Impact of Pay-for-Percentile Incentive on Low-Achieving Students in Rural China. Economics of Education Review, 75, 101954.

Abstract

In some accountability regimes, teachers pay more attention to higher achieving students at the expense of lower achieving students. The overall goal of this study is to examine, in this type of accountability regime, the impacts of a pay-for-percentile type scheme in which incentives exist for all students but which are larger for improving the achievement of lower achieving students. Analyzing data from a large-scale randomized experiment in rural China, we find that incentives improve average achievement by 0.10 SDs and the achievement of low-achieving students by 0.15 SDs. We find parallel changes in teacher behavior and curricular coverage. Taken together, the results demonstrate that incentive schemes can effectively address teacher neglect of low-achieving students.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2020.101954

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Economics of Education Review

Author(s)

Chang, Fang
Wang, Huan
Qu, Yaqiong
Zheng, Qiang
Loyalka, Prashant
Sylvia, Sean
Shi, Yaojiang
Dill, Sarah-Eve
Rozelle, Scott

Year Published

2020

Volume Number

75

Pages

101954

Reference ID

13059