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The Effect of High School Employment on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach

Franz Buscha (), Arnaud Maurel (), Lionel Page () and Stefan Speckesser ()
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Stefan Speckesser: University of Westminster

No 3696, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: Using American panel data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 ( NELS:88) this paper investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment. We exploit the longitudinal nature of the NELS by employing, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference-in- differences. This identification strategy allows us to address in a flexible way selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part-time work decisions. Once such factors are controlled for, insignificant effects on reading and math scores are found. We show that these results are robust to a matching approach combined with difference-in-difference-in-differences which allows differential time trends in attainment according to the working status in grade 12.

Keywords: evaluation; propensity score matching; education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J22 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 47 pages
Date: 2008-09
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Published as 'The Effect of Employment while in High School on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach' in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2012, 74 (3), 380–396

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