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Student awareness of costs and benefits of educational decisions: effects of an information campaign


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 post-compulsory 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.


Martin McGuigan, Sandra McNally and Gill Wyness

1 December 2016


Journal of Human Capital 10(4) , pp.482-519, , Winter, 2016


DOI: 10.1086/689551

https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/689551

This Journal article is published under the centre's Education and skills programme.

This publication comes under the following theme: Vocational education and training