The Labor Market Returns to Reversing High School Dropout

91 Pages Posted: 10 May 2021 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022

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Rebecca Brough

University of Notre Dame

David Phillips

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Econonomic Opportunities, Department of Economics

Patrick S Turner

University of Notre Dame - Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, Department of Economics

Date Written: April 4, 2022

Abstract

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. We compare graduates of a network of adult high schools to those who apply but do not enroll. Over 5 years, earnings increase by 39% more for graduates. We address selection into graduation 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

Suggested Citation

Brough, Rebecca and Phillips, David and Turner, Patrick, The Labor Market Returns to Reversing High School Dropout (April 4, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3840453 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3840453

Rebecca Brough

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

David Phillips

Wilson Sheehan Lab for Econonomic Opportunities, Department of Economics ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

Patrick Turner (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities, Department of Economics ( email )

United States

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