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Determinants of College Major Choice: Identification using an Information Experiment

This article studies the determinants of college major choice by providing students experimentally generated information on the true population distribution of various major-specific characteristics. Students revised their beliefs in response to the information, and their subjective beliefs about future major choice are associated with beliefs about their own earnings and ability. While expected earnings and perceived ability are a significant determinant of major choice, heterogeneous tastes are the dominant factor in the choice of major.

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