Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170102818 [ 2017-10-24 - 2021-10-23 ]

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Researchers: Prof Lionel Page (Chief Investigator) ,  Stephen Cheung (Chief Investigator) ,  Prof Dr Martin Kocher (Partner Investigator)

Brief description Using behavioural economic insights to overcome student procrastination. This project aims to study the relations between present-biased time preference, procrastination, and achievement at school, using economic experiments. Investment in human capital generates economic benefits for students, families, employers, and society, but its benefits are realised far into the future. Because of these immediate costs and delayed benefits, behavioural economic theory predicts that students will procrastinate. This project will identify the characteristics of students at greatest risk of procrastination, evaluate practical strategies to overcome it, and examine whether it is associated with poorer outcomes. This should help schools and policy makers reduce educational inequalities, and yield long-term benefits over students’ lives.

Funding Amount $301,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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