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Study More Tomorrow

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  • We design a commitment device for college students, “Study More Tomorrow,” conduct a randomized controlled trial testing a model of its takeup, and measure its effect on tutoring attendance and grades. The device commits students to attend tutoring if their midterm grade falls below a pre-specified threshold. Unlike other commitment devices tested in the education literature, the contract carries a financial cost for noncompliance. Students value the contract, with 10% takeup among those randomly assigned a contract offer. Takeup is not higher among students randomly assigned to a lower contract price, however. The contract does not robustly affect tutoring attendance or student course grades. Our results show that college students are willing to pay for study commitment devices.
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  • The authors thank Jon Chesbro, Camille Nelson, Mike Nelson, Beau Olen, Laura Relyea, and Gail Udell for their assistance. Research with human subjects approved by Oregon State University Institutional Review Board, Study 8402. This experiment is registered at the AEA RCT Registry, study AEARCTR-0005446; Pugatch, Schroeder and Wilson 2020.
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