Can Information Change Preferences for Higher Education? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia

31 Pages Posted: 19 May 2022

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Gloria Bernal

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Luz Abadía Alvarado

Pontifical University Javeriana Inicio - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

Sergio Arango

affiliation not provided to SSRN

K. De Witte

University of Leuven (KUL); Maastricht University

Abstract

We conducted a randomized controlled trial to examine the role of information provision on students’ preferences on higher education. The preferences were measured using a discrete choice experiment. The subjects comprised 2652 10 th grade low-income Colombian students, all of whom intended to enrol into tertiary education. Compared to the control group, students treated with information on financial aid and tuition costs show an increased preference for higher-quality institutions and a decreased preference for public institutions. If information is provided on the returns to higher education and enrolment rates, a decreased preference for public institutions was observed. We also inspected actual choices of surveyed individuals in administrative records. Although only 29.7% of them actually enrolled into higher education, we found that actual choices relate to elicited preferences: compared to the control group, treated students were moderately more likely to enrol tertiary education and choose accredited universities, while less likely to enrol public institutions.

Keywords: C25, I23, I25, I28

Suggested Citation

Bernal Nisperuza, Gloria Lucía and Abadía Alvarado, Luz and Arango, Sergio and De Witte, Kristof, Can Information Change Preferences for Higher Education? Evidence from a Randomized Experiment in Colombia. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4113663 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4113663

Gloria Lucía Bernal Nisperuza (Contact Author)

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana ( email )

Luz Abadía Alvarado

Pontifical University Javeriana Inicio - Faculty of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Colombia

Sergio Arango

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

No Address Available

Kristof De Witte

University of Leuven (KUL) ( email )

Naamsestraat 69
Leuven, Vlaams Brabant B-3000
Belgium

HOME PAGE: http://www.feb.kuleuven.be

Maastricht University ( email )

Boschstraat 24
Maastricht, Vlaams-Brabant 6211 AX
Netherlands
003216326656 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.feb.kuleuven.be

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