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Motivation, resources and the organization of the school system

Albornoz, F; Berlinski, S; Cabrales, A; (2017) Motivation, resources and the organization of the school system. Journal of the European Economic Association 10.1093/jeea/jvx001. Green open access

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Abstract

This paper studies a model where student effort and talent interact with parental and teachers’ investments, as well as with school system resources. The model is rich, yet sufficiently stylized to provide novel implications. It can show, for example, that an improvement in parental outside options will reduce parental and school effort, which are partially compensated through school resources. In this way, by incorporating the behavioral responses of parents, teachers, and policymakers, the paper provides a rationale for the existing ambiguous empirical evidence on the effect of school resources. The paper also provides a novel microfoundation for peer effects, with empirical implications for welfare and different education policies.

Type: Article
Title: Motivation, resources and the organization of the school system
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/jeea/jvx001
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jeea/jvx001
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Authors 2017. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of European Economic Association. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial reproduction and distribution of the work, in any medium, provided the original work is not altered or transformed in any way, and that the work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com
Keywords: Education, incentives, school resources, parental involvement, school sorting, peer effects.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1517883
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