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School-to-Career and Post-Secondary Education: Evidence from Philadelphia Educational Longitudinal Study


  • Frank Furstenberg
  • David Neumark


School-to-career (STC) programs provide high school students with career information and education to increase their educational attainment and enhance their long-term labor market success. These programs often target sub-groups that are less likely to attend four-year post-secondary institutions. We study a set of programs in Philadelphia that focus on boosting post-secondary enrollment and are less career-oriented than traditional STC programs. We find a strong association between participation in these programs and a wide array of academic outcomes. The findings are generally quite robust and are only slightly attenuated by the introduction of factors that might be indicative of selection. Finally, there is some evidence that the effects of these programs were greater for at-risk students, especially those whose mothers have at most a high school education.

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  • Frank Furstenberg & David Neumark, 2004. "School-to-Career and Post-Secondary Education: Evidence from Philadelphia Educational Longitudinal Study," PPIC Working Papers 2004.14, Public Policy Institute of California.
  • Handle: RePEc:ppi:ppicwp:2004.14

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