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Updating Tertiary Education Expectations and Choices with Learning


  • MILLA, Joniada

    (Université catholique de Louvain, CORE, Belgium)


I conduct a large-scale analysis on how students revise their educational expectations and change their post-secondary education (PSE) pathways. I find evidence that an important determinant is exposure to unexpected information on the quality of match between their ability and academic difficulty of the program. This relationship is non-linear, and responsive only to unexpected information that signals a mismatch. In Canada about 25% of freshman experience a PSE path disruption, which entails a public and private cost. The findings suggest that policy measures targeting to improve the quality of match through student consultation could be employed to reduce this inefficiency.

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  • MILLA, Joniada, 2016. "Updating Tertiary Education Expectations and Choices with Learning," CORE Discussion Papers 2016013, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  • Handle: RePEc:cor:louvco:2016013

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    Tertiary Education; Major Switch; Drop-out; Expectations; Grades;

    JEL classification:

    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education


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