Positive outcomes from poor starts: Predictors of dropping back in

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Title: Positive outcomes from poor starts: Predictors of dropping back in
Authors: Hill, Laura E.
Jepsen, Christopher
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4446
Date: Oct-2007
Online since: 2013-07-17T11:21:59Z
Abstract: A vast body of research finds an association between missteps taken during the teen years (such as motherhood or dropping out of high school) and poor economic and educational outcomes. However, youth who take major missteps as teens often have subsequent success in school or the labor market. This paper attempts to draw lessons from youth who appear headed for a poor start in life, yet manage to have a positive economic or educational outcome by their early 20 s. Using National Educational Longitudinal Survey (NELS), we provide one of the first longitudinal analyses of well-being for teen mothers and high school dropouts that includes a nationally-representative population of Hispanic and Asian youth. In general, the predictors of positive outcomes are similar for those with high probabilities of poor starts as for the general population. A few high-school-age behaviors and community measures have additional associations with positive outcomes for likely poor starters. However, these correlates do not appear for all groups of likely poor starters, and they are not always in the expected direction.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Economics of Education Review
Volume: 26
Issue: 5
Start page: 588
End page: 603
Copyright (published version): 2006 Elsevier Ltd.
Keywords: Educational economicsHuman capitalRate of return
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2006.04.004
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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