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

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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
Issue number4
Early online date28 Jun 2017
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017


  • Educational economics, wage differentials, human capital