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

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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: January 21, 2023

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. 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

Suggested Citation

Brough, Rebecca and Phillips, David and Turner, Patrick, High Schools Tailored to Adults Can Help Them Complete a Traditional Diploma and Excel in the Labor Market (January 21, 2023). 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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