Discussion Papers no. 662

Some economics of student motivation

Should economists listen to educational psychologists?

This paper sheds light on the role of student motivation in the success of schooling. We develop a model in which a teacher engages in the management of student motivation through the choice of the classroom environment. We show that the teacher is able to motivate high-ability students, at least in the short run, by designing a competitive environment. For students with low ability, risk aversion, or when engaged in a long term relationship, the teacher designs a classroom environment that is more focused on mastery and self-referenced standards. In doing so, the teacher helps to develop the intrinsic motivation of students and their capacity to overcome failures.

Om publikasjonen


Should economists listen to educational psychologists?. Some economics of student motivation


Jocelyn Donze, Trude Gunnes

Serie og -nummer

Discussion Papers no. 662


Statistics Norway


Discussion Papers



Antall sider

1 b. (flere pag.)



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