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The Evolution of Awareness and Belief Ambiguity in the Process of High School Track Choice

Pamela Giustinelli () and Nicola Pavoni ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Vadim Gilmundinov

Review of Economic Dynamics, 2017, vol. 25, 93-120

Abstract: In this article, we provide novel survey evidence on middle schoolers' knowledge and on how such knowledge evolves in the process of high school track choice. Children in our study display only partial awareness of the set of available tracks, and they report low confidence regarding their beliefs (i.e., substantial belief ambiguity) about their likelihood of a regular high school path. This is especially the case for lower-ranked tracks. Students start 8th grade with greater information about their preferred alternatives and continue to concentrate their search in the months before pre-enrollment. Children from less advantaged families display lower initial perceived knowledge and acquire information at a slower pace, particularly about college-preparatory schools. (Copyright: Elsevier)

Keywords: Subjective Beliefs; Learning under Ambiguity and Limited Awareness; School Choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 I24 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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DOI: 10.1016/j.red.2017.01.002

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