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ERIC Number: EJ850781
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0272-7757
The Rational Adolescent: Discipline Policies, Lawsuits, and Skill Acquisition
Babcock, Philip
Economics of Education Review, v28 n5 p551-560 Oct 2009
The paper estimates the response of student truancy and long-run labor market outcomes to discipline policies in middle and secondary school. Simultaneous determination of student behaviors and school policies motivates an instrumental variables strategy. Because judicial climate influences administrators' fear of discipline-related lawsuits, measures of judicial-legal climate at the state-level court are used as instruments for local discipline policies. Results indicate that the state-level judicial-legal climate does appear to influence administrators' discipline policies; that students appear to be truant less often when discipline is stricter; and that school and long-run labor participation outcomes appear higher for students from schools with stricter discipline policies. (Contains 2 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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