September 2017 The research seminar is held every Wednesday, 1.15 – 2.45 p.m., in room LG 0.423.
Exceptions: On 11/15/2017, 11/22/2017 and 12/13/2017 the event is held in room 4.154!
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Room LG 4.154

Katharina Spieß, DIW Berlin und Freie Universität Berlin
“Information Provision and College Enrollment: Helping students to maintain and follow through on their intentions?”


Although access to university education has increased, students from non-academic family backgrounds are still underrepresented in higher education. This contribution sheds light on whether the provision of information helps these students enrolling in college. We investigate the causal relationship between information and post-secondary educational choices using data from a German randomized controlled trial with more than 1,000 high school students. One year prior to the Abitur exams, we treated randomly selected schools in Berlin by giving an in-class presentation on the benefits of higher education as well as on possible funding options for college enrollment. This information workshop was conducted within the school context during school hours to mimic a potential policy measure aiming at reducing inequality at the transition to higher education. We surveyed students prior to the information intervention and followed them from three months to four years after treatment. Thus, we are able to investigate short- and medium-term effects of information provision. We examine if students, especially from a non-academic family background, maintain and follow through on their intention to enroll in college by looking at application and enrollment behavior as a result of improving their information set. We find that providing information supports students from non-academic background to translate their intended college enrollment into action, i.e. students with intentions are more likely to apply to and enroll in college after the provision of information on benefits and funding possibilities.