NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Multitasking, Learning, and Incentives: A Cautionary Tale

Roland G. Fryer, Jr, Richard T. Holden

NBER Working Paper No. 17752
Issued in January 2012

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This paper previously circulated as "Aligning Student, Parent, and Teacher Incentives: Evidence from Houston Public Schools." Special thanks to Terry Grier for his support and leadership during this experiment. We are grateful to Philippe Aghion, Bob Gibbons, Oliver Hart, Bengt Holmstrom, Lawrence Katz, Suraj Prasad and Andrei Shleifer, and seminar participants at the Harvard/MIT applied theory serminar for helpful comments and suggestions. Brad Allan, Matt Davis, and Blake Heller provided exceptional research assistance, project management and implementation support. Financial support from the Broad Foundation and the Liemandt Foundation is gratefully acknowledged. The usual caveat applies. The views expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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