Ongoing since 2011

Principal Investigator: Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D.

Funded by The Ministry of Education, Finland with Helsinki Center for Economic Research

This project will evaluate how much high school seniors know about the labor market impacts related to their study choices and how additional information affects their application process and choices among alternative study places. The project combines experimental and interview data from Finland with the extensive register records related to higher education applications and choices. The experimental phase of the project was completed during fall 2011 in almost 60 randomly selected high-schools, and the second phase of the study will be implemented during summer and fall 2012. This project is funded by the Network of Higher Education and Innovation Research (HEINE) at the University of Helsinki.

This is a joint project with Helsinki Center for Economic Research (HECER), Aalto University, Government Institute for Economic Research, and the University of Helsinki. The project will evaluate how much high school seniors know about studying opportunities and the effects of educational choices on future labor market status and earnings. The second stage of the project analyzes how additional information affects the students’ application process and entry into higher education.