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Oreopoulos Philip (2003). Do dropouts drop out too soon? International evidence from changes in school-leaving laws. Cambridge : National Bureau of Economic Research, NBER Working paper series, n° 10155. En ligne : <>. 
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Resource type: Report/Documentation
BibTeX citation key: Oreopoulos2003a
Categories: General
Keywords: adéquation scolaire, décrochage, économie de l'éducation
Creators: Oreopoulos
Publisher: National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge)
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"This paper studies high school dropout behavior by estimating the long-run consequences to leaving school early. I measure these consequences using changes in minimum school leaving ages - often introduced to prevent dropping out - and compare results across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Students compelled to stay in school experience substantial gains to lifetime
wealth, health, and other labor market activities for all three countries, and these results hold up against a wide array of specification checks. I estimate dropping out one year later increases present value income by more than 10 times forgone earnings and more than 2 times the maximum lifetime annual wage. The one-year cost to attending high school would have to be extremely large to offset."
these gains under a model that views education as an investment. Other, sub-optimal, explanations
for why dropouts forgo these benefits are considered.
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