Advising Students on their Field of Study

Pistolesi, Nicolas (2017) Advising Students on their Field of Study: Evidence from a French University Reform. Labour Economics, 44. pp. 106-121.

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Official URL: http://tse-fr.eu/pub/31590

Abstract

This paper measures the effect of a policy implemented in France in 2009 advising students on their field of study at university. Applicants receive reviews from universities on their chances of graduating, which are determined relative to their numerical grades in high-school. To measure the causal impact of the reviews on the choice of their field of study, we compare students with similar high-school numerical grades but different reviews in a regression discontinuity framework. From a database of first year undergraduate applicants, we estimate that receiving a positive signal in a given field of study has little impact on the probability of registration, while receiving a negative signal in a given field decreases the proportion of students enrolling in this field by 14 percentage points.

Item Type: Article
Sub-title: Evidence from a French University Reform
Language: English
Date: June 2017
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Access to higher education, Educational choice, Study counseling, Regression discontinuity design
JEL codes: H52 - Government Expenditures and Education
I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
I28 - Government Policy
J24 - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 12:08
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 00:15
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:31590
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/23322

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