Local unemployment and the timing of post-secondary schooling

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Abstract

Using Danish administrative data on all high school graduates from 1984 to 1992, I show that local unemployment has both a short- and a long-run effect on school enrollment and completion. The short-run effect causes students to advance their enrollment, and consequently their completion, of additional schooling. The long-run effect causes students who would otherwise never have enrolled to enroll and complete schooling. The effects are strongest for children of parents with no higher education.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomics of Education Review
Volume50
Early online date30 Nov 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Demand for schooling
  • Post-secondary education
  • Local labor markets

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