Does a G.E.D. Lead to More Training, Post-Secondary Education, and Military Service for School Dropouts?
INDUSTRIAL AND LABOR RELATIONS REVIEW, Oct. 1997
Posted: 29 Jul 1997
Using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth for the years 1979-91, the authors investigate how school dropouts' acquisition of a General Educational Development certificate (G.E.D.) affected the probability that they would obtain training, post-secondary education, or military service. The authors find that G.E.D. recipients had a higher probability than other dropouts of obtaining post-secondary education and non-company training, defined as training provided by government or by proprietary schools. Still, less than half of G.E.D. recipients obtained post-secondary education or training by age 26. The probability of entering military service appears to have been unaffected by acquisition of a G.E.D.
JEL Classification: I20
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation