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Do Male Dropouts Benefit from Obtaining a GED, Postsecondary Education, and Training?

Richard Murnane, John B. Willett and Kathryn Parker Boudett
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John B. Willett: Harvard University
Kathryn Parker Boudett: Harvard University

Evaluation Review, 1999, vol. 23, issue 5, 475-503

Abstract: The authors use longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to investigate whether the wage trajectories of male high school dropouts are affected by the acquisition of the General Educational Development (GED) credential, by postsecondary education, and by training. The authors show that acquisition of the GED results in wage increases for dropouts who left school with weak skills, but not for dropouts who left high school with stronger skills. College and training provided by employers are associated with higher wages for male dropouts.

Date: 1999
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DOI: 10.1177/0193841X9902300501

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