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The Effect of High School Courses on Earnings

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  • Heather Rose

    (Public Policy Institute of California, San Diego)

  • Julian R. Betts

    (Public Policy Institute of California, University of California, San Diego)

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We estimate the effect that six types of high school math courses have on students' earnings nearly a decade after graduation. We use High School and Beyond transcript data to differentiate courses at a more detailed level than in previous research. This enables us to show that more-advanced courses have larger effects than less-advanced ones. We also provide evidence that math courses can help close the earnings gap between students from low-income and middle-income families. Finally, by incorporating other academic subjects, we demonstrate how specific course combinations can explain the earnings premium related to an additional year of school. © 2004 President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Heather Rose & Julian R. Betts, 2004. "The Effect of High School Courses on Earnings," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 86(2), pages 497-513, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:86:y:2004:i:2:p:497-513
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • I22 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Educational Finance; Financial Aid

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