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The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on perceived returns to university education in Switzerland.
Last registered on May 11, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on perceived returns to university education in Switzerland.
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0007649
Initial registration date
May 10, 2021
Last updated
May 11, 2021 7:44 AM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Zurich
Other Primary Investigator(s)
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2021-03-15
End date
2021-08-27
Secondary IDs
Abstract
This paper studies educational plans and perception of pecuniary and non-pecuniary returns to higher education of Swiss pupils in times of the Covid-19 pandemic. I make use of subjective quantitative measures and a priming treatment to analyse the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on educational intentions and future earnings expectations in Switzerland.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Hagspiel, Laura. 2021. "The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on perceived returns to university education in Switzerland.." AEA RCT Registry. May 11. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.7649-1.2000000000000002.
Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
The intervention is a priming treatment in which some participants are more exposed towards the concept of a pandemic. The survey tool I am using will randomly put those questioned into a control or treatment group. In concrete terms, this means that the two groups face different versions of the questionnaire. One group – the treatment group – has the questions concerning the pandemic first with additionally an image of the nationally distributed “Corona-poster” of the Swiss Government shown to them. Also, they have one more question than the control group for the manipulation check. The control group instead starts with the questions about the returns to education and educational plans - so that no previous connection to Covid-19 related issues is created.
Intervention Start Date
2021-03-23
Intervention End Date
2021-05-06
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Expectation about monthly future pre-tax earnings at age 25 in CHF, Student’s intention to follow a tertiary educational path, Non-pecuniary benefits & costs of higher education (Consumption value)
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
To capture the perception of returns to university education and to measure the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, I conduct an online-survey with pupils in Switzerland from March-May 2021.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
The survey tool I am using - Qualtrics - will randomly put those questioned into a control or treatment group.
Randomization Unit
The randomisation happens at the individual level.
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
around 3000 pupils
Sample size: planned number of observations
around 3000 pupils
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
around 1500 treatment, around 1500 control group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
IRB Approval Date
IRB Approval Number
Analysis Plan
Analysis Plan Documents
Pre Analysis Plan

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Uploaded At: May 10, 2021