Recruitment & Retention

Cash-Incentive Programs: A Resource Round-Up

By Katie Ash — February 12, 2008 1 min read
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Over the past few days, a number of readers have pointed my attention to a variety of sources where you can find out more about cash-incentive programs. In the interest of providing as much information as I can about this topic, here’s a roundup of some of the links that have been sent my way.

This blog post by eduwonkette, available from, gathers links to some papers presented at a panel about student incentives at the American Economic Association’s annual meeting. Overall, the studies found that giving students incentives was not very effective.

Independently of the cash-incentive program in New York City’s public schools, Rewarding Achievement (REACH), which pays students for passing AP exams, is active in 31 NYC high schools. The privately-funded program was launched last summer as a part of The Council of Urban Professionals.

This AP story, published today, talks about yet another program opening up in Alabama that will pay students for passing AP exams. Students will receive $100 for each AP exam they pass.

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A version of this news article first appeared in the Motivation Matters blog.