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The effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment: a conditional difference-in-differences approach

Buscha, Franz and Maurel, Arnaud and Page, Lionel and Speckesser, Stefan (2012) The effect of employment while in high school on educational attainment: a conditional difference-in-differences approach. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 74 (3). pp. 380-396. ISSN 0305-9049

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0084.2011.00650.x

Abstract

Using American panel data from the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, this article investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment. We employ, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference-in-differences. We address selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part-time work decisions, without the need for instrumental variable. Once such factors are controlled for, little to no effects on reading and math scores are found. Overall, our results therefore suggest a negligible academic cost from part-time working by the end of high school.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Westminster Business School
ID Code:11359
Deposited On:26 Oct 2012 09:53
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