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Davis graduate student Lester Lusher awarded behavioral economics grant

Lusher will study incentives for college achievement
Davis graduate student Lester Lusher awarded behavioral economics grant

What motivates college achievement?

UC Davis Economics graduate student Lester Lusher was awarded a research grant from the Russell Sage Foundation’s Behavioral Economics program. The Russell Sage Foundation, one of the oldest American foundations is dedicated to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies.  Lusher will be be conducting a series of experiments involving a behaviorally-inspired program called CollegeBetter. The program acts as a commitment device and monetary incentive for students to achieve better educational outcomes. More information on this program can be found at