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The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System

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  • Eric Brunner
  • Shaun Dougherty
  • Stephen L. Ross

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We examine the effect of attending stand-alone technical high schools on student short- and long-term outcomes using a regression discontinuity design. Male students are 10 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school and have half a semester less time enrolled in college, although effects on college fade-out. Male students have 32% higher quarterly earnings. Earnings effects may in part reflect general skills: male students have higher attendance rates and test scores, and industry fixed effects explain less than 1/3rd of earnings gains. We find little evidence that attending a technical high school affects the outcomes of female students.

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  • Eric Brunner & Shaun Dougherty & Stephen L. Ross, 2021. "The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System," NBER Working Papers 28790, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education
    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination

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