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

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Richard J. Murnane

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

John B. Willett

Harvard University - Harvard Graduate School of Education

Kathryn Parker Boudett

Harvard University

Abstract

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

Murnane, Richard J. and Willett, John B. and Parker Boudett, Kathryn, 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=8754

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