Hans D.U. Fricke
Graduate School of Education
Center for Education Policy Analysis
520 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
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NBER Working Papers and Publications
|July 2018||Too little or too much? Actionable Advice in an Early-Childhood Text Messaging Experiment|
with Kalena E. Cortes, Susanna Loeb, David S. Song: w24827
Text-message based parenting programs have proven successful in improving parental engagement and preschoolers’ literacy development. The tested programs have provided a combination of (a) general information about important literacy skills, (b) actionable advice (i.e., specific examples of such activities), and (c) encouragement. The regularity of the texts – each week throughout the school year – also provided nudges to focus parents’ attention on their children. This study seeks to identify mechanisms of the overall effect of such programs. It investigates whether the actionable advice alone drives previous study’s results and whether additional texts of actionable advice improve program effectiveness. The findings provide evidence that text messaging programs can supply too little or t...
|April 2015||Does Exposure to Economics Bring New Majors to the Field? Evidence from a natural Experiment.|
with Jeffrey Grogger, Andreas Steinmayr: w21130
This study investigates how being exposed to a field of study influences students’ major choices. We exploit a natural experiment at a Swiss university where all first-year students face largely the same curriculum before they choose a major. An important component of the first-year curriculum that varies between students involves a multi-term research paper in business, economics, or law. Due to oversubscription of business, the university assigns the field of the paper in a standardized way that is unrelated to student characteristics. We find that being assigned to write in economics raises the probability of majoring in economics by 2.7 percentage points, which amounts to 18 percent of the share of students who major in economics.