High School Clubs Participation and Earnings
28 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2010 Last revised: 24 Mar 2010
Date Written: March 22, 2010
This paper estimates the effect of participation in high school extracurricular activities on future earnings, making three important contributions to the existing literature: 1) it compares the earnings effects of participation in different types of clubs; 2) it investigates whether the effect of clubs participation is constant over time; and 3) it employs an instrumental variables approach in order to identify a causal link between clubs participation and wages. Using the NLSY79 dataset, I find that participation in high school clubs leads to higher future earnings. While previous studies have focused on athletics, I show that participation in both athletics and academic clubs have positive earnings effects. These results are robust to various estimation routines and robustness checks.
Keywords: earnings, high school clubs, NLSY, instrumental variables
JEL Classification: J31
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