High Schools Tailored to Adults Can Help Them Complete a Traditional Diploma and Excel in the Labor Market
113 Pages Posted: 10 May 2021 Last revised: 23 Jan 2023
Date Written: January 21, 2023
More than 18 million adults in the US have no high school credential. Full diplomas are less common for adults than GEDs but potentially more valuable. A network of high schools helps adults graduate by providing a tailored curriculum, coaching for non-academic barriers, onsite child care, and transportation. After 5 years, earnings increase by 38% more for graduates than applicants who do not enroll. We address selection by conditioning on 5 years of pre-application earnings and comparing to students who exit after positive shocks. Human capital is a mechanism. Graduates receive more credentials and switch from hospitality to healthcare jobs.
Keywords: high school dropout, high school diploma, returns to education, human capital, GED
JEL Classification: I24, I26, J24
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