Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Helping the Poor in Education: The Power of a Simple Nudge

The enormous financial inequalities in the United States are mirrored in education participation and completion rates: A child born into a poor family has only a 9 percent chance of getting a college degree, but the odds are 54 percent for a child in a high-income family. Whilst it may be difficult to change the financial inequalities, it is possible to provide some educational assistance to the disadvantaged by providing motivational “nudges” at appropriate times.


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