06 February 2019

CfEE Blogging: Giving students information on future wages improves school outcomes

As of this January and following last year's Annual Research Digest from the Centre for Education Economics, I'll be co-editing the Monthly Digest, along with Gabriel Heller-Sahlgren.

This is basically an excuse and commitment device to get me actually blogging again on at least a monthly basis. Each issue will include commentary on new papers, plus a selection of abstracts from recent publications (lightly edited for jargon).

My first comment is on a new paper by Ciro Avitabile and Rafael de Hoyos
Did you know what career you wanted to do when you were in secondary school? I didn’t. Most pupils make critically important choices that will affect their lives throughout their educational career, often on the basis of poor information about what those choices will mean for their future. In most countries, there is little transparency on the costs and benefits of pursuing education and information on the various career paths available. 
In this paper, Ciro Avitabile and Rafael de Hoyos study whether or not providing pupils with better information about the earnings returns to education and the options available lead to greater effort and learning. Several studies have previously shown that providing information about the wage gains from schooling leads pupils to stay in school a bit longer, and affects their educational choices, but there is limited evidence that such information can affect learning per se, at least in a slightly longer-term perspective.

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