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The Effect of High School Employment on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach

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  • Buscha, Franz

    ()
    (University of Westminster)

  • Maurel, Arnaud

    ()
    (Duke University)

  • Page, Lionel

    ()
    (University of Westminster)

  • Speckesser, Stefan

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    (University of Westminster)

Abstract

Using American panel data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) this paper investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment. We exploit the longitudinal nature of the NELS by employing, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference-in- differences. This identification strategy allows us to address in a flexible way selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part-time work decisions. Once such factors are controlled for, insignificant effects on reading and math scores are found. We show that these results are robust to a matching approach combined with difference-in-difference-in-differences which allows differential time trends in attainment according to the working status in grade 12.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3696.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2008
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Publication status: published as 'The Effect of Employment while in High School on Educational Attainment: A Conditional Difference-in-Differences Approach' in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2012, 74 (3), 380–396
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3696

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