Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Respondents will be presented with a graph that shows two different income paths over the life cycle, one similar to the one experienced by the median German university graduate and the other one similar to the one experienced by the median German that obtains a vocational degree (Geselle) as their highest education qualification.
Respondents are then asked to indicate, assuming they have a child that has to decide between these two career paths, which path they would recommend.
Question: “Imagine having a child in its adolescence who can choose between two career paths. The chart shows how much it would earn annually in the course of its life in each of the two cases. Option 2's annual income is initially lower and later higher than option 1.
What would you advise your child to do?”
o Option 1 [in labeled group]: Vocational education (apprenticeship)
o Option 2 [in labeled group]: University enrollment
In addition to the main survey, we plan to conduct a follow-up survey about two weeks after main survey completion. In the follow-up survey, all respondents from the main survey will be invited to participate a second time. To investigate treatment effect persistence, all respondents will be asked to answer the unlabeled version of the career path question mentioned above.