Paying for performance: The education impacts of a community college scholarship program for low-income adults

Lisa Barrow, Lashawn Richburg-Hayes, Cecilia Elena Rouse, Thomas Brock

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Abstract

We evaluate the effect of performance-based incentive programs on educational outcomes for community college students from a random assignment experiment at three campuses. Incentive payments over 2 semesters were tied to meeting two conditions-enrolling at least half-time andmaintaining aCor better grade point average. Eligibility increased the likelihood of enrolling in the second semester after random assignment and total number of credits earned. Over 2 years, program group students completed nearly 40% more credits. We find little evidence that program eligibility changed types of courses taken but some evidence of increased academic performance and effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-599
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

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