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    Stockholm: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)
    Publication Date: 2019-01-24
    Description: We report the results of a randomized controlled trial testing whether incentivizing physical exercise improves the academic performance of college students. As expected, the intervention increases physical activity. The main result is that it generates a strong and significant improvement in academic performance, particularly for students who struggled at the baseline in terms of lifestyle habits. We also provide evidence on the underlying mechanisms: Students who were incentivized to exercise have a healthier life style and improved self-control. Overall, the study demonstrates that incentivizing students to exercise can be an important tool in improving educational achievements.
    Keywords: C93 ; I12 ; I18 ; I21 ; Z20 ; ddc:330 ; Economics of education ; Human capital formation ; Behavior change ; Field experiment ; Sport ; Bildungsniveau ; Studierende ; Experiment ; Norwegen
    Language: English
    Type: doc-type:workingPaper
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