NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH
NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Taking the Easy Way Out: How the GED Testing Program Induces Students to Drop Out

James J. Heckman, John Eric Humphries, Paul A. LaFontaine, Pedro L. Rodriguez

NBER Working Paper No. 14044
Issued in May 2008

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This research was supported by the American Bar Foundation, NIH R01-HD043411, the Spencer Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the JB and MK Pritzker Family Foundation, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund at the Susan T. Buffett Foundation, and an anonymous foundation. We would like to thank the California Demographic Research unit for helpful assistance. We thank the editor and an anonymous referee for helpful comments. We also thank participants at the Spencer Foundation GED Conference at the University of Chicago, April 2011, for helpful comments. Tim Kautz, Janice Laurence, Lois Quinn, Chris Taber and Rob Warren gave especially helpful commentary. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders listed here. A Web Appendix is available at http://jenni.uchicago.edu/GED_dropout/GED_incentives/. The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the funders listed here, nor of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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