Jain, Tarun and Narayan, Tulika (2011): Incentive to discriminate? An experimental investigation of teacher incentives in India.
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We address the challenge of designing performance-based incentive schemes for schoolteachers. When teachers specialize in different subjects in a society with social prejudice, performance-based pay that depends on the average of student performance can cause teachers to coordinate their effort on high status students. Laboratory experiments conducted in India with future teachers as subjects show that performance-based pay causes teachers to decrease effort in low caste Hindu students compared to upper caste Hindu or Muslim students. We observe greater effort and lower variation in an incentive design where teachers are penalized if students receive zero scores.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Incentive to discriminate? An experimental investigation of teacher incentives in India|
|Keywords:||Teacher incentives; Laboratory experiments; Coordination games; Discrimination|
|Subjects:||I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I28 - Government Policy
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J15 - Economics of Minorities and Races; Non-labor Discrimination
C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C9 - Design of Experiments > C91 - Laboratory, Individual Behavior
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I2 - Education and Research Insititutions > I22 - Educational Finance
|Depositing User:||Tarun Jain|
|Date Deposited:||28. Apr 2011 19:25|
|Last Modified:||12. Feb 2013 22:18|
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