When work matters: The varying impact of work intensity on high school dropout

Jennifer C. Lee, Jeremy Staff

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While the association between teenagers' work and academic performance continues to be debated in studies of adolescent employment, many researchers have found that "intensive" involvement in paid work increases the risk of high school dropout. It is still unclear, however, whether this relationship is spurious owing to preexisting differences in socioeconomic back-ground, school performance, aspirations, and orientations toward work and school. Using propensity- score matching techniques, the authors address this issue and assess variation in the effects of work hours on the probability of dropping out of high school. The results suggest that long hours on the job do not encourage high school dropout among all students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-178
Number of pages21
JournalSociology of Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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