Improving Girl students’ Productivity via the Provision of Relative Performance Feedback

Document Type : Original Article


Department of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Shahid Beheshti University


Productivity in different sections is one of the important factors which affect growth rate. One of these sectors recently absorbed economists’ attention is public education. Results of international tests shows different education systems have different returns. The fact that today’s more than 4% of national income in OECD countries is spend on public education shows the importance of this section and improving productivity in that. In Iran about one million teachers are active to teach more than 12 million students. Even tiny increase in productivity can saves millions of dollar a year. So far, the major methods suggested to improve students’ productivity is via improving the facilities such as decrease the size of classes or increase the teachers’ quality. In this research we try to improve students’ performance via providing them some information about their performance comparing to their classmates which is almost costless. We run an experiment to explore the effect of our mechanism. The results show it works.


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