Information and choice of A-level subjects: a cluster randomized controlled trial with linked administrative data

Peter Davies, Neil M. Davies, Tian Qiu

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    Abstract

    We estimated the effects of an intervention providing labour market information about the consequences of educational choices to 5,593 students in England, using a double blind cluster randomised controlled trial in 50 schools (registration:AEARCTR-0000468). Our primary outcome was students’ actual choices of subjects at age 16. We also recorded the students’ expectations of future wages and future intentions before and after the intervention, and linked their data into national administrative records. We found evidence students in the intervention arm were more likely to study Mathematics. This suggests providing accessible and credible information on labour market consequences of school choices may influence students’ decisions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)647-670
    Number of pages24
    JournalBritish Educational Research Journal
    Volume43
    Issue number4
    Early online date28 Jun 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

    Keywords

    • Educational economics
    • wage differentials
    • human capital

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