Labor-Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis

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Title: Labor-Market Returns to the GED Using Regression Discontinuity Analysis
Authors: Jepsen, Christopher
Mueser, Peter
Troske, Kenneth
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Date: Jun-2016
Abstract: We evaluate returns to General Educational Development (GED) certification for high school dropouts using state administrative data. We apply a fuzzy regression discontinuity method to account for test takers retaking the test. For women we find that GED certification has no statistically significant effect on either employment or earnings. For men we find a significant increase in earnings in the second year after taking the test but no impact in subsequent years. GED certification increases postsecondary school enrollment by 4–8 percentage points. Our results differ from regression discontinuity approaches that fail to account for test retaking.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Journal: Journal of Political Economy
Volume: 124
Issue: 3
Start page: 621
End page: 649
Copyright (published version): 2016 The University of Chicago
Keywords: General educational development (GED) testsPostsecondary education
DOI: 10.1086/686245
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Economics Research Collection

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