Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/106531
Authors: 
McGuigan, Martin
McNally, Sandra
Wyness, Gill
Year of Publication: 
2014
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8596
Abstract: 
University fees have recently trebled in England, prompting fears that young people may be put off from participating in higher education. We investigate students' knowledge and their receptiveness to information campaigns about the costs and benefits of staying on in education. We compare the effects of a specially designed information campaign to the effects of media exposure about the increase in tuition fees. The latter has a stronger effect on relevant outcomes. However, we find that an inexpensive information campaign can be effective in improving information and reducing perceived financial barriers to university participation, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Subjects: 
tuition fees
information campaign
educational decisions
JEL: 
I2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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