Post-Secondary Education and Information on Labor Market Prospects: A Randomized Field Experiment

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Sari Pekkala Kerr

Charles River Associates (CRA)

Tuomas Pekkarinen

Aalto University; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); VATT Institute for Economic Research

Matti Sarvimäki

Aalto University - Department of Economics; Government of the Republic of Finland - VATT Institute for Economic Research

Roope Uusitalo

Uppsala University - Department of Economics; IFAU - Institute for Labour Market Policy Evaluation; Government of the Republic of Finland - VATT Institute for Economic Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Abstract

We examine the impact of an information intervention offered to 97 randomly chosen high schools in Finland. Graduating students in treatment schools were surveyed and given information on the labor market prospects associated with detailed post-secondary programs. A third of the students report that the intervention led them to update their beliefs. Experimental estimates suggest that it also affected the application behavior of the least informed students. However, this group of affected students is not sufficiently large for the intervention to have an average impact on applications or enrollment.

Keywords: education, information, earnings, randomized field experiments

JEL Classification: J24, I23

Suggested Citation

Pekkala Kerr, Sari and Pekkarinen, Tuomas and Sarvimäki, Matti and Uusitalo, Roope, Post-Secondary Education and Information on Labor Market Prospects: A Randomized Field Experiment. IZA Discussion Paper No. 9372. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2672158

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