Teacher Performance Pay: Experimental Evidence from India

Karthik Muralidharan, Venkatesh Sundararaman

NBER Working Paper No. 15323
Issued in September 2009, Revised in December 2011

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We are grateful to Caroline Hoxby, Michael Kremer, and Michelle Riboud for their support, advice, and encouragement at all stages of this project. We thank George Baker, Efraim Benmelech, Eli Berman, Damon Clark, Julie Cullen, Gordon Dahl, Jishnu Das, Martin Feldstein, Richard Freeman, Robert Gibbons, Edward Glaeser, Roger Gordon, Gordon Hanson, Richard Holden, Asim Khwaja, David Levine, Jens Ludwig, Sendhil Mullainathan, Ben Olken, Lant Pritchett, Halsey Rogers, Richard Romano, Kartini Shastry, Jeff Williamson, and various seminar participants for useful comments and discussions. This paper is based on a project known as the Andhra Pradesh Randomized Evaluation Study (AP RESt), which is a partnership between the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Azim Premji Foundation, and the World Bank. Financial assistance for the project has been provided by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Azim Premji Foundation, and the World Bank. We thank Dileep Ranjekar, Amit Dar, Samuel C. Carlson, and officials of the Department of School Education in Andhra Pradesh (particularly Dr. I.V. Subba Rao, Dr. P. Krishnaiah, K. Ramakrishna Rao, and Suresh Chanda), for their continuous support and long-term vision for this research. We are especially grateful to DD Karopady, M Srinivasa Rao, and staff of the Azim Premji Foundation for their leadership and meticulous work in implementing this project. Sridhar Rajagopalan, Vyjyanthi Shankar, and staff of Educational Initiatives led the test design. We thank Vinayak Alladi, Gokul Madhavan, Ketki Sheth and Maheshwor Shrestha for outstanding research assistance. The findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the World Bank, its Executive Directors, the governments they represent, or the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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