The effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment : a conditional difference-in-differences approach

Buscha, Franz, Maurel, Arnaud, Page, Lionel, & Speckesser, Stefan (2012) The effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment : a conditional difference-in-differences approach. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74(3), pp. 380-396.

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Abstract

Using American panel data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this article investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment.We employ, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference-in-differences. We address selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part-time work decisions, without the need for instrumental variable. Once such factors are controlled for, little to no effects on reading and math scores are found. Overall, our results therefore suggest a negligible academic cost from part-time working by the end of high school.

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ID Code: 65643
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00650.x
ISSN: 03059049
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 06 Jan 2014 00:27
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2014 00:27

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