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ERIC Number: ED405151
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
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Effect of High School Programs on Out-Migration of Rural Youth.
Huang, Gary G.; And Others
Rural-to-urban migration of educated rural youth is a factor leading to economic marginality and community decline in rural America. This paper examines the extent to which high school curriculum contributes to the postschool outmigration of high school graduates, particularly those in rural areas. The study analyzed data from a national longitudinal survey, High School and Beyond, using two-level logit models for generating reliable estimates of organizational effects on individual behavior. The final sample included 16,492 students from 875 schools who were seniors in 1980 or 1982 and who participated in the 1986 follow-up survey. Controlling for local labor market conditions and student socioeconomic and demographic background, analyses revealed that: (1) a school's average outmigration is positively related to the school's emphasis on academic programs and negatively related to emphasis on vocational programs; (2) the probability of student outmigration is positively related to students' academic coursework and negatively related to students' vocational coursework; (3) these relationships hold in the subsample of youth who did not attend college in the 4 years after high school completion, as well as in the total sample; and (4) overall, curriculum effects did not differ between rural schools and those elsewhere. The implementation of two-level logit models through the software MLn and related statistical issues are addressed. Contains 33 references. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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