ERIC Number: ED405402
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-12
High School Employment: Meaningful Connections for At-Risk Youth.
Chaplin, Duncan; Hannaway, Jane
Benefits and drawbacks to the employment of high school students were studied using data from the High School and Beyond Survey (HS&B). A literature review was followed by an analysis that used final samples of between 6,000 and 10,000 HS&B students depending on the regression performed. These students were sophomores in 1980 and were resurveyed 2, 4, 6, and 12 years later. The analysis suggests that working a moderate number of hours a week (15 to 29) as a sophomore in high school can be particularly beneficial for the employment and earnings of at-risk youth even 10 years after finishing high school. On the other hand, working a moderate to high number of hours increases chances of dropping out and lowers college enrollment by even more. Analysis suggests that the future earnings of those who did not work in high school might come to surpass earnings of those who did. Policy implications of the results are discussed, and the measure of "at-risk" that is used is described because it summarizes the factors likely to affect economic attainment later in life better than race or poverty status, which have been used in other research. (Contains 5 figures, 9 tables and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).