Monetary incentives in education

˙ PREAL Blog

We are pleased to share with you two articles—one of them from The Economist and the other one from The New York Times—about the use of conditional cash transfers in education. The first article reviews the experience of the well-known conditional cash transfer programs in Mexico and Brasil, which use monetary incentives to motivate poor parents to send their children to school.

According to the article, the success of programs in these two countries sparked similar initiatives in the United States. The second article discusses an example of more recent initiatives New York City, where school authorities are experimenting with a proposal to pay students for doing well in test scores. 

The Economist | When Bribery Pays

NY Times | Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?

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