Information and College Access: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

24 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2013

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Philip Oreopoulos

University of Toronto - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)

Ryan Dunn

Higher Education Strategy Associates (HESA)

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Date Written: January 2013

Abstract

High‐school students from disadvantaged high schools in Toronto were invited to take two surveys, about three weeks apart. Half of the students taking the first survey were also shown a three‐minute video about the benefits of post‐secondary education (PSE) and were invited to try out a financial‐aid calculator. Most students’ perceived returns to PSE were high, even among those not expecting to continue. Those exposed to the video, especially those initially unsure about their own educational attainment, reported significantly higher expected returns and lower concerns about costs, and expressed a greater likelihood of PSE attainment.

Keywords: Information, college access

JEL Classification: H2, I2, J24

Suggested Citation

Oreopoulos, Philip and Dunn, Ryan, Information and College Access: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment (January 2013). The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Vol. 115, Issue 1, pp. 3-26, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2203302 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9442.2012.01742.x

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