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Is there a Causal Effect of High School Math on Labor Market Outcomes?

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  • Joensen, Juanna Schrøter

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    (Stockholm School of Economics)

  • Nielsen, Helena Skyt

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    (Aarhus University)

Abstract

Outsourcing of jobs to low-wage countries has increased the focus on the accumulation of skills – such as Math skills – in high-wage countries. In this paper, we exploit a high school pilot scheme to identify the causal effect of advanced high school Math on labor market outcomes. The pilot scheme reduced the costs of choosing advanced Math because it allowed for at more flexible combination of Math with other courses. We find clear evidence of a causal relationship between Math and earnings for the students who are induced to choose Math after being exposed to the pilot scheme. The effect partly stems from the fact that these students end up with higher education.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2357.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2006
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Publication status: published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2009, 44 (1), 171-198
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Keywords: high school curriculum; instrumental variable; local average treatment effect; Math;

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