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Title:Taking the easy way out: how the GED testing program induces students to drop out PDF Logo
Authors:Heckman, James Joseph
LaFontaine, Paul A.
Rodríguez, Pedro L.
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 3495
Abstract:We exploit an exogenous increase in General Educational Development (GED) testing requirements to determine whether raising the difficulty of the test causes students to finish high school rather than drop out and GED certify. We find that a six point decrease in GED pass rates induces a 1.3 point decline in overall dropout rates. The effect size is also much larger for older students and minorities. Finally, a natural experiment based on the late introduction of the GED in California reveals, that adopting the program increased the dropout rate by 3 points more relative to other states during the mid-1970s.
Subjects:GED
dropout
JEL:C61
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20080527159
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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