Does the Provision of Information on their Skills Affect Students' Enrollment Choices?

Hestermann, Nina and Pistolesi, Nicolas (2018) Does the Provision of Information on their Skills Affect Students' Enrollment Choices? Economie et Prévision, 211. pp. 177-193.

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Abstract

This study assesses the impact of a French educational policy reform aimed at improving the match between students and their chosen field of study at university. As part of this reform, upon applying for entry to an undergraduate degree course, students are informed about their likelhood of succeeding given their observed skills. To examine the effect of the feedback they receive on students' choices, we compare students applying to different departments within the same university, some implementing the policy, providing candidates with feedback, whereas others do not. We find among those receiving a negative feedback that the proportion of students who decide to register for the degree course in question is reduced by about 7 percentage points but marginally significant at 10 percent level. Effects are heterogeneous according to students' origin and the type of high school they attended.

Item Type: Article
Language: English
Date: 2018
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Access to Higher Education, Accès à l’enseignement supérieur, Study Counseling, Orientation scolaire
JEL codes: H52 - Government Expenditures and Education
I23 - Higher Education Research Institutions
I28 - Government Policy
Subjects: B- ECONOMIE ET FINANCE
Divisions: TSE-R (Toulouse)
Site: UT1
Date Deposited: 18 May 2018 09:44
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 00:16
OAI ID: oai:tse-fr.eu:32278
URI: http://publications.ut-capitole.fr/id/eprint/25786

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