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Information and College Access: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment

Philip Oreopoulos, Ryan Dunn

NBER Working Paper No. 18551
Issued in November 2012
NBER Program(s):CH, ED, LS

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.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w18551

Published: Philip Oreopoulos & Ryan Dunn, 2013. "Information and College Access: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment," Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 115(1), pages 3-26, 01. citation courtesy of

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