A Second Chance at Education for Early School Leavers

40 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012

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Cain Polidano

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Domenico Tabasso

University of Essex - Department of Economics; IZA (Institute for the Study of Labour); Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti

Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

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Abstract

Despite efforts to engage youth in education, there have been only modest improvements in the rates of school completion across OECD countries since the mid-1990s. These modest improvements underline the importance of programs that encourage early school leavers to return to post-school education. The objective of this paper is to better understand the factors that affect the chances of re-engaging early school leavers in education, with a particular focus on the importance of time out from school (duration dependence) and school-related factors. Using data from three cohorts of the Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth and duration models that control for unobserved heterogeneity, our results suggest that programs that encourage an early return to study and programs that develop post-school career plans may be more effective than programs that concentrate on improving numeracy and literacy scores.

Keywords: educational economics, demand for schooling, human capital

JEL Classification: I20, J01

Suggested Citation

Polidano, Cain and Tabasso, Domenico and Tseng, Yi-Ping, A Second Chance at Education for Early School Leavers. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6769. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157911

Cain Polidano (Contact Author)

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Domenico Tabasso

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Yi-Ping Tseng

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

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Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

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