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Education Policy in Developing Countries$
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Paul Glewwe

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226078687

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226078854.001.0001

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Incentives for Students and Parents

Incentives for Students and Parents

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Education Policy in Developing Countries

Jere R. Behrman

Susan W. Parker

Petra E. Todd

University of Chicago Press

Incentive programs for students and parents that promote education are increasingly common in developing countries. This chapter reviews what is known about the effectiveness of incentive programs aimed at improving educational outcomes. Most of the literature on incentives for students and parents analyzes incentives for school enrollment, school attendance, grade repetition and completed years of schooling, rather than skills learned by students. Estimating the impacts of educational incentives for students and parents is challenging, because they may depend on the behavioral responses of children, parents, teachers, and school administrators, and because there are potentially important, unobserved factors, such as student, teacher and parental abilities and preferences. This chapter surveys programs that provide educational incentives to parents and students, focusing on K-12 schooling. It focuses on the following programs: the schooling component of conditional cash transfer (CCT) programs; incentives conditional on test performance; school vouchers; and food-for-education (FFE) programs.

Keywords:   Education, developing countries, student incentives, parent incentives, conditional cash transfers, test-based incentives, school vouchers, food-for-education programs

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