Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227329
Authors: 
Ahn, Kunwon
Lee, Jun Yeong
Winters, John V.
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13802
Abstract: 
COVID-19 created major disruptions for young people including health concerns, school closures, reduced social opportunities, and a wilting economy. We examine the effect of COVID-19 on high school completion in the United States. We find that high school completion rates increased considerably in 2020 compared to previous years. We investigate various mechanisms and find that worse employment conditions were the driving force. The lower opportunity costs of schooling because of the pandemic recession encouraged more young people to complete high school. The pandemic created extensive problems in education, but fortunately it did not reduce overall high school completion rates.
Subjects: 
education
employment
recession
COVID-19
human capital
JEL: 
I2
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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