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

McGuigan, M; McNally, S; 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. 10.1086/689551. Green open access

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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.

Type: Article
Title: Student Awareness of Costs and Benefits of Educational Decisions: Effects of an Information Campaign
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1086/689551
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/689551
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Learning and Leadership > Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529852
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