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ERIC Number: ED510484
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
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Teacher Incentives in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from India. Research Brief
National Center on Performance Incentives
In "Teacher Incentives in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from India"--a paper presented at the National Center on Performance Incentives research to policy conference in February--Karthik Muralidharan (Harvard University) and Venkatesh Sundararaman (The World Bank) present findings from a randomized experiment conducted in India to study the impact of performance incentives for teachers. The experiment included a representative sample of 500 government-run rural primary schools in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, and tested the effects of four treatments: (1) the addition of a para-teacher; (2) block grants for purchasing materials used directly by students; (3) incentive bonuses for teachers based on individual teacher performance; and (4) incentive bonuses for teachers based on school-wide performance. The first year of this experiment reveals that performance incentives are a cost-effective way to improve student test scores in math and language, and that additional schooling inputs such as the addition of a para-teacher or a school grant can also raise test scores--though not as much as incentive bonuses. [This research brief describes work published by the National Center on Performance Incentives in "Teacher Incentives in Developing Countries: Experimental Evidence from India," by Karthik Muralidharan and Venkatesh Sundararaman, Working Paper 2008-13.]
National Center on Performance Incentives. Peabody College of Vanderbilt University, PMB #43, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-5538; Fax: 615-322-6018; e-mail: ncpi@vanderbilt.edu; Web site: http://www.performanceincentives.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on Performance Incentives
Identifiers - Location: India
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A060034