Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/71525
Authors: 
Coelli, Michael B.
Green, David Alan
Warburton, William P.
Year of Publication: 
2004
Series/Report no.: 
IFS Working Papers, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) 04/14
Abstract: 
We examine the impact of high school graduation on the probability individuals from welfare backgrounds use welfare themselves. Our data consists of administrative educational records for grade 12 students in a Canadian province linked with their own and their parents' welfare records. We address potential endogeneity problems by: 1) controlling for ability using past test scores; 2) using an instrument for graduation based on school principal fixed effects; and 3) using a Heckman- Singer type unobserved heterogeneity estimator. Graduation would reduce welfare receipt of dropoutsby Ý to 3/4. Effects are larger for individuals from troubled family backgrounds and low income neighbourhoods.
Subjects: 
Welfare
Education
Treatment Effects
JEL: 
I38
I21
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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