The Effect of Employment While in High School on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference‐In‐Differences Approach

17 Pages Posted: 3 May 2012

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Franz Buscha

University of Westminster

Arnaud Maurel

Duke University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Lionel Page

Queensland University of Technology

Stefan Speckesser

Policy Studies Institute (PSI)

Date Written: June 2012

Abstract

Using American panel data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this article investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment. We employ, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference‐in‐differences. We address selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part‐time work decisions, without the need for instrumental variable. Once such factors are controlled for, little to no effects on reading and math scores are found. Overall, our results therefore suggest a negligible academic cost from part‐time working by the end of high school.

JEL Classification: J24, J22, J21

Suggested Citation

Buscha, Franz and Maurel, Arnaud and Page, Lionel and Speckesser, Stefan, The Effect of Employment While in High School on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference‐In‐Differences Approach (June 2012). Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Vol. 74, Issue 3, pp. 380-396, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2050238 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00650.x

Franz Buscha (Contact Author)

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Arnaud Maurel

Duke University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Lionel Page

Queensland University of Technology ( email )

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Australia

Stefan Speckesser

Policy Studies Institute (PSI) ( email )

London NW1 3SR
United Kingdom

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