The Return to Schooling among High School Dropouts: Evidence from Britain's Compulsory Schooling Changes

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 01.10.2015, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Damon Clark (University of California, Irvine)


Estimates of the labor market return to schooling among high school dropouts can reveal much about how individuals acquire human capital and how policy-makers can foster human capital accumulation. In this paper I use the 1947 and 1972 British compulsory schooling changes to estimate this return - comparing labor market outcomes of students who left high school at the earliest opportunity with students born a few days later who, because of a change in the compulsory schooling laws, were required to attend school for an extra year. Using newly-assembled administrative data, I report estimates for a wide range of labor market outcomes.

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