Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35116
Authors: 
Buscha, Franz
Maurel, Arnaud
Page, Lionel
Speckesser, Stefan
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA discussion papers 3696
Abstract: 
Using American panel data from the National Educational Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) this paper investigates the effect of working during grade 12 on attainment. We exploit the longitudinal nature of the NELS by employing, for the first time in the related literature, a semiparametric propensity score matching approach combined with difference-in- differences. This identification strategy allows us to address in a flexible way selection on both observables and unobservables associated with part-time work decisions. Once such factors are controlled for, insignificant effects on reading and math scores are found. We show that these results are robust to a matching approach combined with difference-in-difference-in-differences which allows differential time trends in attainment according to the working status in grade 12.
Subjects: 
Education
evaluation
propensity score matching
JEL: 
J24
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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