ERIC Number: ED501975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
Is the GED an Effective Route to Postsecondary Education for School Dropouts? NBER Working Paper No. 13816
Tyler, John H.; Lofstrom, Magnus
National Bureau of Economic Research
We use data from the Texas Schools Microdata Panel (TSMP) to examine the extent to which dropouts use the GED as a route to post-secondary education. The paper develops a model pointing out the potential biases in estimating the effects of taking the "GED path" to postsecondary education. Lacking suitable instruments that would allow us to directly address potential biases, our approach is to base our estimates on a set of academically "at risk" students who are very similar in the 8th grade. We observe that the eventual high school graduates in this group have much better postsecondary education outcomes than do the similar at-risk 8th graders who dropped out and obtained a GED. Our model explains the observed differences, and allows for a discussion of the policy challenges inherent in improving the postsecondary outcomes of dropouts.
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Dropouts, High School Students, Grade 8, High School Equivalency Programs, At Risk Persons, High School Graduates, Educational Policy, Statistical Bias, Economic Research
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; High School Equivalency Programs; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: General Educational Development Tests