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Field Before After
Trial Status on_going completed
Last Published July 04, 2020 02:06 PM December 22, 2023 05:59 AM
Study Withdrawn No
Intervention Completion Date March 17, 2020
Data Collection Complete No
Final Sample Size: Number of Clusters (Unit of Randomization) 36
Keyword(s) Education Education
Building on Existing Work No
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Field Before After
Paper Abstract Students in low-income contexts often lack guidance in their career decisions which can lead to a misallocation of educational investments. We report on a randomized field experiment conducted with 1715 students in rural Cambodia and show that a half-day workshop designed to support adolescents in developing occupational aspirations increased educational investments. We document substantial heterogeneity in treatment effects by baseline student performance. While the workshop increased schooling efforts of high-performing students, treated low-performing students reduced their educational investments. We develop a simple model that explains why an information intervention can affect educational aspirations and investments in opposing directions.
Paper Citation Gehrke, Esther and Lenel, Friederike and Schupp, Claudia, Occupational Aspirations and Investments in Education: Experimental Evidence from Cambodia (2023). CESifo Working Paper No. 10608
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