Do School-to-Work Programs Help the â€œForgotten Halfâ€?
AbstractThis paper tests whether school-to-work (STW) programs are particularly beneficial for those less likely to go to college in their absenceâ€”often termed the â€œforgotten halfâ€ in the STW literature. The empirical analysis is based on the NLSY97, which allows us to study six types of STW programs, including job shadowing, mentoring, coop, school enterprises, tech prep, and internships / apprenticeships. For men there is quite a bit of evidence that STW program participation is particularly advantageous for those in the forgotten half. For these men, among the strongest evidence is that mentoring and coop programs increase post-secondary education, and coop, school enterprise, and internship / apprenticeship programs boost employment and decrease idleness after leaving high school. There is less evidence that STW programs are particularly beneficial in increasing schooling among women in the forgotten half, although internship / apprenticeship programs do lead to positive earnings effects concentrated among these women.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of California-Irvine, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 050625.
Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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- NEP-ALL-2006-09-03 (All new papers)
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