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The Persistence of County High School Dropout Rates in the Rural South, 1970-2000

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  • McGranahan, David A.

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This paper investigates Smith's (1989) thesis that county drop out rates have been self-perpetuating in the rural South, a pattern reinforced by the presence of mining and manufacturing employers with few skill demands. The results show that the associations of mining and manufacturing with high drop out rates, notable as late as 1980, have largely disappeared. But counties with high proportions of female headed families and low young adult (age 25-44) education continue to have little improvement in high schools completion. The extent of perpetuation of low education varies by state, whether due to differences education policies or economic structures.

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  • McGranahan, David A., 2004. "The Persistence of County High School Dropout Rates in the Rural South, 1970-2000," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 34(3), pages 288-302.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:34:y:2004:i:3:p:288-302
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    1. Peter J. Klenow & Mark Bils, 2000. "Does Schooling Cause Growth?," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 90(5), pages 1160-1183, December.
    2. Eldon D. Smith, 1989. "Reflections on Human Resources in the Strategy of Rural Economic Development," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 19(1), pages 13-22, Winter.
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    1. Thomson, Henry, 2013. "The Impact of Agriculture and Farm Produce Prices on Human Capital Formation: Education Decisions of Young Americans in Agricultural Areas Before and During the Food Crisis 2000-2010," Master's Theses 148745, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.

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    Keywords

    Education; Skill;

    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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