Adjusting Your Dreams? High School Plans and Dropout Behaviour

22 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2017

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Dominique Goux

National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE)

Marc Gurgand

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) - Center for Research in Economics and Statistics (CREST)

Eric Maurin

Paris School of Economics (PSE); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: June 2017

Abstract

At the end of middle school, many low‐achieving students realise that they do not have the ability to get into selective high school programmes, which may be a source of disengagement and eventually lead them to drop out of high school. Based on a randomised controlled trial, this article shows that a series of meetings facilitated by the school principals can help low‐achievers to formulate educational objectives better suited to their academic aptitudes. By changing the high school plans of the less realistic students, the intervention reduces grade repetition and dropout by 25% to 40%.

Suggested Citation

Goux, Dominique and Gurgand, Marc and Maurin, Eric, Adjusting Your Dreams? High School Plans and Dropout Behaviour (June 2017). The Economic Journal, Vol. 127, Issue 602, pp. 1025-1046, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2984356 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecoj.12317

Dominique Goux (Contact Author)

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Marc Gurgand

National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) ( email )

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Eric Maurin

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

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Germany

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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