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Student Awareness of Costs and Benefits of Educational Decisions: Effects of an Information Campaign

McGuigan, M, McNally, Sandra and Wyness, G (2016) Student Awareness of Costs and Benefits of Educational Decisions: Effects of an Information Campaign Journal of Human Capital, 10 (4). pp. 482-519.

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Abstract

Many students appear to leave full-time education too soon, despite the possibility of high returns from further investment in their education. One contributory factor may be insufficient information about the potential consequences of their choices. We investigate students’ receptiveness to an information campaign about the costs and benefits of pursuing postcompulsory education. Our results show that students with higher expected net benefits from accessing information are more likely to avail themselves of the opportunity presented by our experiment. Their intention to stay on in post-16 education is strongly affected by the experiment, though not their intention to apply to university. Effects are heterogeneous by family background and gender.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Economics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
McGuigan, MUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
McNally, Sandras.mcnally@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Wyness, GUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 1 December 2016
Identification Number : 10.1086/689551
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 Jan 2017 16:19
Last Modified : 19 Jul 2017 08:15
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/813306

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