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ERIC Number: ED565850
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 41
Abstractor: As Provided
Information and College Access: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment. Working Paper 18551
Oreopoulos, Philip; Dunn, Ryan
National Bureau of Economic Research
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 3 minute video about the benefits of post secondary education (PSE) and 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, lower concerns about costs, and expressed greater likelihood of PSE attainment. The two online surveys are appended.
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Human Resources and Social Development Canada
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)
What Works Clearinghouse Reviewed: Meets Evidence Standards without Reservations
IES Cited: ED544203