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Title:  WWC Review of the Report "Enhancing the Efficacy of Teacher Incentives through Loss Aversion: A Field Experiment"
Description: The study examined whether offering different types of monetary incentives to teachers affected students' math achievement. Researchers analyzed student and teacher data from nine K-8 public schools in Chicago Heights, Illinois in 2010-11. Within each of the nine participating schools, 147 teachers were randomly assigned to one of four intervention groups that represented different incentive strategies (individual loss aversion, team loss aversion, individual gain, and team gain) or a comparison group that received no incentives. Researchers examined the effect of each type of incentive strategy group by comparing the test scores of students whose teachers were in one of the intervention groups to those of students whose teachers were in the comparison group.
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Cover Date: May 2013
Web Release: May 14, 2013
Publication #: WWC SSR219
Center/Program: WWC
Associated Centers: NCEE
Authors: WWC
Type of Product: Single Study Review
Questions: For questions about the content of this Single Study Review, please contact:
Joy Lesnick.
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