December 2002

No. 671: School Effects and Labor Market Outcomes for Young Adults in the 1980s and 1990s

Amelie F. Constant, Spyros Konstantopoulos

published in: Applied Economics Quarterly, 49 (1), 2003, 5-22

This study examines high school effects on the labor market success of young adults, above and beyond individual and family characteristics. We employ data from two longitudinal, nationally probability samples: the National Longitudinal Study and the High School and Beyond study and the 5th and 4th follow-up studies respectively. We employ multi-level models and adjust for selection into the labor force. Our findings reveal that there are differential, enduring school effects on future earnings for individuals attending different schools.