We assess the effect on students’ aspirations of a 1-minute motivational video featuring a role model describing their path to success. We use a randomized control trial on a sample of primary and middle school students from a disadvantaged neighbourhood in Naples. We find that exposure to treatment increases schools and career aspirations and boosts self-confidence and grit of the students, at a cost of decreased mood and lower reported empathy and closeness to classmates. Finally, watching a video featuring a female role model decreases gender bias among the male treated students. This study shows the short-run effects of a very brief, inexpensive, and potentially widely replicable intervention, conducted in a developed country, on a sample of children from a fragile socio-economic background. Beyond documenting its potential in boosting aspirations, we caution against backlashes on students’ well-being and prosociality.
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