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Local Violence, Educational Attainment, and Teacher Pay

Jeff Grogger

NBER Working Paper No. 6003
Issued in April 1997
NBER Program(s):   LS

Violence in and around schools has drawn increasing attention lately from both the public and policy makers. Despite the importance of the problem, however, research on this topic has been limited. In this paper I analyze how local violence affects high school graduation, college attendance, and teacher pay. Using data from the High School and Beyond survey, I find that local violence has important effects. Moderate levels of violence reduce the likelihood of high school graduation by 5.1 percentage points on average, and lower the likelihood that a student will attend college by 6.9 percentage points. They also raise teacher salaries by 2.4 percent.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w6003

Published: Grogger, Jeffrey. "Local Violence And Educational Attainment," Journal of Human Resources, 1997, v32(4,Fall), 659-682.

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