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Continuing education beyond the compulsory years of schooling is one of
the most important choices an adolescent has to make; higher education
is associated with a host of social and economic benefits both for the
person and its community. Today, there is ample evidence that
educational aspirations are an important determinant of said choice. We
implement a multilevel, networked experiment in 45 Mexican high schools,
and provide evidence of the malleability of educational aspirations, and
the interdependence of students' choices and the effect of our
intervention with peer networks. Moreover, we find that a video-
intervention, which combines role-models and information about returns
to education, is successful in updating students' beliefs and
consequently educational aspirations.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2022

Publication series

SeriesUNU-MERIT Working Papers

JEL classifications

  • a21 - Economic Education and Teaching of Economics: Pre-college
  • c21 - "Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions"
  • c22 - "Single Equation Models; Single Variables: Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models"
  • c93 - Field Experiments
  • d83 - "Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief"
  • d91 - "Intertemporal Consumer Choice; Life Cycle Models and Saving"
  • i29 - Education: Other


  • Aspirations
  • Education
  • Adolescents
  • Economics of Networks
  • Peer Effects
  • School transitions
  • Field Experiment
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Randomized controlled trial

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