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Does Expert Advice Improve Educational Choice?

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  • Borghans, Lex

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Golsteyn, Bart H.H.

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    (Maastricht University)

  • Stenberg, Anders

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    (SOFI, Stockholm University)

Abstract

This paper reports evidence that an individual meeting with a study counselor at high school significantly improves the quality of choice of tertiary educational field, as self-assessed 18 months after graduation from college. The results are strongest among males and those with low educated parents. To address endogeneity, we explore the variation in study counseling practices between schools. Tentative analyses also indicate that counselors reduce students' uncertainty about their own individual preferences at least to the same extent as uncertainty about objective measures such as employment prospects.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7649.

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Length: 65 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Keywords: uncertainty; human capital; educational choice; study counseling;

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  1. Saniter, Nils & Siedler, Thomas, 2014. "The Effects of Occupational Knowledge: Job Information Centers, Educational Choices, and Labor Market Outcomes," IZA Discussion Papers 8100, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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