Determinants of Young Male Schooling and Training Choices
AbstractThis paper examines the determinants of GED acquisition. high school graduation and postsecondary training and schooling choices. Economic factors determining dropping out are considered. The determinants of high school certification by exam are fundamentally different from the determinants of ordinary high school graduation. GED graduates are more likely to take vocational and technical training while ordinary graduates are more likely to attend academic programs. GED recipients are much less likely to complete the post-secondary programs they begin. The GED exam does not measure the ability or motivation that predicts successful completion of post-secondary schooling and training programs. Participation in post-secondary nonacademic training is positively related to family resources. Thus both academic and non-academic training operate to reinforce initial family earnings inequalities.
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Date of creation: Apr 1993
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Publication status: published as Stephen Cameron, James J. Heckman. "Determinants of Young Males’ Schooling and Training Choices," in Lisa M. Lynch, "Training and the Private Sector" University of Chicago Press (1994)
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- Stephen Cameron & James J. Heckman, 1994. "Determinants of Young Males’ Schooling and Training Choices," NBER Chapters, in: Training and the Private Sector, pages 201-232 National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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