Canadian Compulsory School Laws and Their Impact on Educational Attainment and Future Earnings
AbstractCompulsory school laws have existed in Canada for more than a hundred years, and policies to mandate further education continue to be discussed. This paper examines the impact of these laws on education attainment and on subsequent social economic outcomes for individuals compelled to stay in school. The findings indicate that mandating education substantially increased adult income and substantially decreased the likelihood of being below the low income cut-off, unemployed, and in a manual occupation. Considering possible costs incurred while attending school, these findings suggest compulsory schooling legislation was effective in generating large lifetime gains to would-be-dropouts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series with number 2005251e.
Date of creation: 19 May 2005
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Education; training and learning; Labour; Educational attainment; Wages; salaries and other earnings; Outcomes of education;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2006-02-05 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2006-02-05 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2006-02-05 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-REG-2006-02-05 (Regulation)
- NEP-URE-2006-02-05 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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