Disrupted Academic Careers: The Returns to Time Off after High School

62 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2020

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Nicolás de Roux

Universidad de los Andes - Department of Economics

Evan Riehl

Cornell University, Department of Economics

Date Written: September 10, 2020

Abstract

This paper asks how academic breaks after high school affect individuals’ college and labor market outcomes. We exploit a policy that altered academic calendars in two regions of Colombia, which caused thousands of high school graduates to have to wait an extra semester to start college. Using administrative data and a synthetic control design, we show that the academic break caused many students to forgo enrolling in college at all. High-ability students who did not attend college had lower earnings seven years later, but forgoing college had little effect on earnings for lower-ability students.

Keywords: Returns to Education, College Enrollment, Academic Breaks

JEL Classification: I23, I26, J24

Suggested Citation

de Roux, Nicolás and Riehl, Evan, Disrupted Academic Careers: The Returns to Time Off after High School (September 10, 2020). Documento CEDE No. 37, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3690567 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3690567

Nicolás De Roux (Contact Author)

Universidad de los Andes - Department of Economics ( email )

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Evan Riehl

Cornell University, Department of Economics ( email )

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