Does Acquisition of a GED Lead to More Training, Post-Secondary Education, and Military Service for School Dropouts?
Richard J. Murnane, John B. Willett, Kathryn Parker Boudett
NBER Working Paper No. 5992
This paper uses longitudinal data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to examine whether acquisition of a GED increases the probability that male and female school dropouts obtain training, post-secondary education, or military service. Random effects probit models are used to account for both the dichotomous nature of the dependent variables and non-zero correlations among error terms pertaining to different years of data for the same individual. We find that acquisition of a GED increases the probability that school dropouts obtain post-secondary education and the probability that they obtain non-company training, defined as training provided by government or by proprietary schools. However, it is still the case that the majority of GED recipients obtain no post-secondary education or training through the age of 26.
Published: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Vol. 51, no. 1 (October 1997): 100-116.