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Adrienne Lucas, University of Delaware

When Information is Not Enough: Evidence from a Centralized School Choice System
When Feb 16, 2021
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where Online via Zoom
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Students often make school choice decisions with inadequate information. We study the effect of information using a randomized controlled trial covering 900 junior high schools in a setting with universal secondary school choice. Randomly selected Ghanaian junior high students (and some randomly selected parents) received guidance on application strategies and information about the selectivity and certification exam performance of secondary schools. We find that information changed the characteristics of schools to which students applied. Even though students were admitted to higher value-added schools, they were not more likely to matriculate on time or at all.

About the Speaker

Adrienne Lucas

Adrienne Lucas is an Associate Professor of Economics in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware and a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She is a development economist specializing in the economics of education and disease. Her current research focuses on increasing student learning within existing schooling systems. She received her Ph.D. and A.M. in Economics from Brown University and her B.A. in Economics from Wesleyan University.

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