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Ever failed, try again, succeed better: results from a randomized educational intervention on grit

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Publication date

Aug 2019

Summary

We show that grit, a skill that has been shown to be highly predictive of achievement, is malleable in childhood and can be fostered in the classroom environment. We evaluate a randomized educational intervention implemented in two independent elementary school samples. Outcomes are measured via a novel incentivized real-effort task and performance in standardized tests. We find that treated students are more likely to exert effort to accumulate task-specific ability and hence more likely to succeed. In a follow up 2.5 years after the intervention, we estimate an effect of about 0.2 standard deviations on a standardized math test.

Published in

Quarterly Journal of Economics

Volume and page numbers

134 , 1121 -1162

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1093/qje/qjz006

ISSN

16

Subjects

Psychology, Young People, Education, Child Development, and Economics

Links

University of Essex, Albert Sloman Library Periodicals *restricted to University of Essex registered users* - https://lib.essex.ac.uk/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1590066?lang=eng


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