ERIC Number: ED475273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar
Are There Civic Returns to Education? NBER Working Paper Series.
Dee, Thomas S.
The hypothesized effects of educational attainment on adult civic engagement and attitudes provide some of the most important justifications for government intervention in the market for education. This study presents evidence on whether these externalities exist. It assesses and implements two strategies for identifying the effects of educational attainment. One is based on the availability of junior and community colleges; the other, on changes in teen exposure to child labor laws. The results suggest that educational attainment has large and statistically significant effects on subsequent voter participation and support for free speech. It also finds that additional schooling appears to increase the quality of civic knowledge as measured by the frequency of newspaper readership. (Contains 41 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Attainment, Freedom of Speech, Human Capital, Outcomes of Education, Secondary Education, Voting
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; National Academy of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
Note: Additional support from Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement.