Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 27 January 2021

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You are invited to join the weekly Nuremberg Research Seminar in Economics on 27 January 2021 at 13:15. The seminar will be held via Zoom. Philip Oreopoulos (University of Toronto) will be talking about “The Remarkable Unresponsiveness of College Students to Nudging And What We Can Learn from It” .

Please find below the abstract:

We present results from a five-year effort to design promising virtual coaching interventions to improve college student achievement. Across nearly 20,000 students at three campuses, we find some improvement on mental health and study time but no effect on academic outcomes. We interpret the results with unique survey data and a model of student effort. Treated students learn more effort is needed to attain good grades and develop stronger preferences for high grades, but these effects are too small to translate into academic benefits. More comprehensive, social, and better-timed interventions are needed for helping students outside the classroom.