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The Effects of Financial Aid in High School on Academic and Labor Market Outcomes: A Quasi-Experimental Study

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  • Maria Knoth Humlum
  • Rune Majlund Vejlin

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    (School of Economics and Management, University of Aarhus, Denmark)

We investigate the effects of financial aid on student employment and academic outcomes in high school. We exploit administrative differences in the amount of financial aid received based on timing of birth to identify the causal effects of interest. Specifically, individuals born early in a quarter receive less financial aid than comparable individuals born late in the previous quarter. We find that receiving less aid induces individuals to work more during high school. However, we do not find any evidence that receiving less financial aid and thereby working more is associated with any adverse outcomes, such as a lower high school grade point average.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics and Business Economics, Aarhus University in its series Economics Working Papers with number 2009-02.

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Length: 43
Date of creation: 28 Jan 2009
Handle: RePEc:aah:aarhec:2009-02
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