Additional Authors

Gale, William; Rohe, William M.; Schreiner, Mark; Sherraden, Michael; Key, Clinton ;

Publication Date

3-29-2012

Summary

This paper presents evidence from a randomized field experiment testing the impact of a 3-year matched savings program on educational outcomes 10 years later. We examine the effect of an Individual Development Account (IDA) program on educational enrollment, degree completion, and increased education level. The IDA program, which ran from 1998 to 2003 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, provided low-income households with financial education and matching funds for qualified savings withdrawals, including a 1:1 match for educational uses. We find a significant impact on education enrollment and positive, but non-significant impacts on degree completion and increase in level of education. We also examine the interaction between gender and treatment assignment and find that the IDA had a strong positive effect on increased educational attainment for males, but not for females.

Document Type

Working Paper

Category

Financial Inclusion

Category

Financial Inclusion

Subarea

Asset Building

Notes

Subsequent publication: Grinstein-Weiss, M., Sherraden, M., Gale, W. G., Rohe, W. M., Schreiner, M., & Key, C. C. (2013). Long-term effects of Individual Development Accounts on postsecondary education: Follow-up evidence from a randomized experiment. Economics of Education Review, 33, 58–68. doi:10.1016/j.econedurev.2012.12.007

Original Citation

Grinstein-Weiss, M., Sherraden, M., Gale, W., Rohe, W. M., Schreiner, M., & Key, C. (2012). Individual Development Accounts and post-secondary education: Evidence from a randomized experiment (CSD Working Paper No. 12-21). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7936/K7TT4QGF

Project

American Dream Policy Demonstration (ADD)

Keywords

asset effects, Assets and Education Symposium, academic achievement, IDA, individual development account

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