Over the past few weeks, I’ve written several posts about recent studies experimenting with “loss aversion” in schools — giving students and teachers cash or prizes prior to a test and then taking them away if student test scores do not meet a certain level.
I thought it would be useful to compile them (along with related posts from others) all in one “The Best…” list:
Those Wacky Economists Are at It Again is by Diane Ravitch.
I’ve published a piece in The Washington Post summarizing my recent posts on loss aversion and schools.
Also, here’s a new Mother Jones commentary on the topic.
Economists: Return Your Salaries for Producing Flawed Studies is by Barnett Berry.
Freakonomics and the application of science to education is by Daniel Willingham.
Cash upfront the way to get teachers to rack up better student test scores, study finds is from The Chicago Sun Times.
Please let me know if you have additional suggestions….