Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/113996
Authors: 
Schweri, Jürg
Hartog, Joop
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9120
Abstract: 
As Switzerland experiences a severe shortage of nurses, this paper investigates the impact of students' ex ante wage expectations on their choice to pursue a nursing college education. This analysis contributes to a small yet rapidly developing body of literature that uses subjective expectation data to predict educational choices. We surveyed a full cohort of healthcare trainees in their third year of training. The main result is that those trainees (in upper-secondary education) who expected a greater return from nursing college (tertiary education) were more likely to enroll in nursing college later on. This suggests that policies that increase returns from studying nursing can attract students to nursing. In addition, the results confirm that subjective wage expectation data are useful in modeling individual choice.
Subjects: 
college choice
fractional regression
healthcare
human capital
nursing
subjective expectations
training
wage
JEL: 
I11
I21
J24
J31
D84
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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