ERIC Number: ED481036
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Estimating the Returns to Community College Schooling for Displaced Workers.
Jacobson, Louis; LaLonde, Robert; Sullivan, Daniel G.
This study examines the earnings histories of displaced workers in the state of Washington. The study sample included approximately 97,000 workers who had three or more years of job tenure when they were permanently laid off from their jobs between 1990 and 1994. About 16,000 of the workers in the sample earned some community college credit by 1996. The authors found that displaced workers who enroll in community college classes are typically prime-aged adults, many of whom have attended college before, and who have been displaced from jobs from a wide array of industries. The average age for this study was 36 for males and 37 for females. Results of the study indicate that for males, completing at least one credit is associated with about a 2.5% increase in quarterly hours worked and a 3.0% increase in average wage rates. For females, it is associated with a 3.0% increase in hours, but a trivial increase in wages. The authors also found that the effects of community college credits on earnings depend significantly on the nature of courses taken. A year of credits in technically oriented math, science, and vocational courses is estimated to increase earnings by 14% for men and 29% for women. (Contains 9 tables, 1 figure, and 32 references.) (NB)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Community Colleges, Dislocated Workers, Education Work Relationship, Educational Benefits, Employment, Job Layoff, Job Skills, Job Training, Salaries, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
For full text: http://www.chicagofed.org/publications/workingpapers/papers/wp2002-31.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Labor, Washington, DC.; Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Olympia.
Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, IL.
Identifiers - Location: Washington