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

Buscha, F., Maurel, A., Page, L. and Speckesser, S. 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.

TitleThe effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment: a conditional difference-in-differences approach
AuthorsBuscha, F., Maurel, A., Page, L. and Speckesser, S.
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.

JournalOxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics
Journal citation74 (3), pp. 380-396
ISSN0305-9049
YearJun 2012
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00650.x
Publication dates
PublishedJun 2012

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