Evidence from Florida on the Labor Market Attachment of Male Dropouts Who Attempt the GED

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This research brief highlights key findings from a study that examined the labor market attachment of male dropouts who obtained the GED credential in Florida between 1994 and 1998. The authors compare these credentialed dropouts to the men who attempted, but failed, the GED exam during the same period. Credentialed dropouts had a higher probability of being employed one year after the exam—a difference that persisted two years later. Among individuals who were unemployed in the quarter during which they took the tests, GED passers found jobs faster. The author also found that passing the tests is linked with more stable work histories for white dropouts.

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