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Does a Ged Lead to More Training, Post-Secondary Education, and Military Service for School Dropouts?

Richard Murnane, John B. Willett and Kathryn Parker Boudett

ILR Review, 1997, vol. 51, issue 1, 100-116

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 (GED) affected the probability that they would obtain training, post-secondary education, or military service. The authors use the longitudinal data to estimate prototypical training and education profiles. They find that the probability that a dropout participated in post-secondary education or non-company training was greater after GED receipt than before for both men and women. Still, less than half of GED recipients obtained post-secondary education or training by age 26.

Date: 1997
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DOI: 10.1177/001979399705100107

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