The Decline in Teen Labor Force Participation
17 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2006
The authors examine the recent decline in teen work activity, offering explanations for both the long secular decline since the late 1970s and the recent acceleration in this decline since 2000. They argue that much of this pattern is due to a significant increase in the rewards to formal education. They also explore the importance of changes to labor demand, crowding out by substitutable workers, the increased work activity of mothers, and increases in wealth.
Keywords: participation, employment, teenager, education
JEL Classification: J2, E24
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