Labor-Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis
Christopher Jepsen () and
Kenneth Troske ()
No 1014, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri
In this paper, we evaluate the labor-market returns to General Educational Development (GED) certification using Missouri administrative data. We develop a fuzzy regression discontinuity (FRD) method to account for the fact that GED test takers can repeatedly retake the test until they pass it. Our technique can be applied to other situations where program participation is determined by a score on a “retake-able” test. Previous regression discontinuity estimates of the returns to GED certification have not accounted for retaking behavior, so these estimates may be biased. We find that the effect of GED certification on either employment or earnings is not statistically significant. GED certification increases postsecondary participation by up to four percentage points for men and up to eight percentage points for women.
Keywords: Regression discontinuity; Program evaluation; GED (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C26 H43 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Labor Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis (2016)
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