The Long-term Labour Market Premiums Associated with a Terminal High School Diploma (2014)

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This paper examines the long-term labour market premiums associated with completing a high school diploma. The focus is on terminal high school diplomas - those not followed up with post-secondary education (PSE). In this sense, the study did not look at the value of secondary school as an entry point to PSE, which may be substantial since previous studies have associated PSE with superior labour market outcomes. The study also focuses on the value of the high school diploma (i.e., the signaling value), as well as any additional years of schooling required to achieve it (i.e., the human-capital effect). The main contribution of the study is to provide long-term estimates on a wide range of labour market outcomes.

The labour market outcomes of individuals born in the mid-1960s are measured from their mid-20s to their mid-40s using longitudinal administrative data. The average student with no high school diploma has 1.8 fewer years of schooling than does the average terminal high school graduate. The study also sheds light on why U.S. studies have found no premiums associated with completing a high school diploma, while Canadian studies find that there are benefits to doing so.

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978-1-100-23144-0
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2014-04-04
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Marc Frenette. The Long-term Labour Market Premiums Associated with a Terminal High School Diploma 2014. Web. 13 Aug. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/long_term_premiums/long_term_premiums.pdf>
Marc Frenette (2014). The Long-term Labour Market Premiums Associated with a Terminal High School Diploma. Retrieved August 13, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/stats/long_term_premiums/long_term_premiums.pdf
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