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Estimating the benefit of high school for universitybound students: evidence of subjectspecific human capital accumulation

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  • Louis-Philippe Morin

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Numerous studies suggest that the value of high school education is large for potential dropouts, yet we know much less about the benefits for students who will go on to postsecondary education. To help fill this gap I measure, using a recent Ontario high school reform, the valueadded (in terms of university grades) of an extra year of highschool mathematics for universitybound students. The estimated benefit is small for these students: 2.3 points on a 100point scale. This evidence helps to explain why the literature has found only modest effects of taking more mathematics in high school on wages.

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Article provided by Canadian Economics Association in its journal Canadian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 46 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (May)
Pages: 441-468

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Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:46:y:2013:i:2:p:441-468

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  1. Meyer, Tobias & Thomsen, Stephan L., 2012. "How Important is Secondary School Duration for Post-school Education Decisions? Evidence from a Natural Experiment," Hannover Economic Papers (HEP) dp-509, Leibniz Universität Hannover, Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät.
  2. Louis-Philippe Morin, 2013. "Do Men and Women Respond Differently to Competition? Evidence from a Major Education Reform," Working Papers E1305E, University of Ottawa, Department of Economics.

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