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Daniel O. Gilligan

International Food Policy Research Institute
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August 2018Educator Incentives and Educational Triage in Rural Primary Schools
with Naureen Karachiwalla, Ibrahim Kasirye, Adrienne M. Lucas, Derek Neal: w24911
In low-income countries, educators often encourage weak primary students to drop out before reaching the end of primary school in order to avoid the negative attention they receive when their students perform poorly on primary leaving exams. We conducted an experiment in rural Uganda that sought to reduce dropout rates in grade six and seven by rewarding teachers for the performance of each of their students. Teachers responded to this Pay for Percentile (PFP) incentive system in ways that raised attendance rates two school years later from .56 to .60. These attendance gains were driven primarily by outcomes in treatment schools that provide textbooks for grade six math students, where two-year attendance rates rose from .57 to .64. In these same schools, students whose initial skills leve...
 
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