NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

The American High School Graduation Rate: Trends and Levels

James J. Heckman, Paul A. LaFontaine

NBER Working Paper No. 13670
Issued in December 2007

---- Acknowledgements -----

This research uses data from Add Health, a program project designed by J. Richard Udry, Peter S. Bearman, and Kathleen Mullan Harris, and funded by a grant P01-HD31921 from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, with cooperative funding from 17 other agencies. Special acknowledgment is due Ronald R. Rindfuss and Barbara Entwistle for assistance in the original design. Persons interested in obtaining data from Add Health should contact Add Health, Carolina Population Center, 123 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2524 (addhealth@unc.edu). This research was supported by the Committee on Economic Development PAES Project, the Pew Foundation, NIH R01-HD043411, NSF SES-024158 and the American Bar Foundation. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders listed here. We thank Amanda Edwards, Lynne Heckman, Kathryn McLellan, Derek Neal, Steve Raudenbush, and Diane Schanzenbach for helpful comments. Mary Mei, Alex Volfovsky and William Cha provided very helpful research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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