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Author: Foley, Jack
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1. Gill, Andrew Matthew
Foley, Jack
Predicting Educational Attainment for a Minor Child: Some Further Evidence
Journal of Forensic Economics 9,2 (1996): 101-112.
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: National Association of Forensic Economics
Keyword(s): Educational Attainment; Ethnic Differences; Family Background; High School Diploma; High School Dropouts; High School Students; Mothers, Education; Racial Differences; Religion; Rural/Urban Differences

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This paper reexamines SK's educational attainment model using data drawn from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). Three key issues motivate the work. First, the NLSY data allow us to avoid the truncation problem encountered by SK in estimating their model of educational attainment. SK note that one limitation of their analysis is that all respondents in their sub-sample from the NLS72 had completed high school. Thus, as they acknowledge, they could not directly estimate the probability that an individual will complete high school which, in turn, limits their ability to estimate population probabilities of educational attainment. The NLSY data set avoids this problem since it contains information on individuals who did not complete high school. Second, we expand the number of explanatory variables used by SK to take advantage of the wealth of family background and demographic characteristics available in the NLSY. SK specify race, parents' education, and an urban-rural control as determinants of future educational attainment. We extend this list to include the influence of such factors as parents' occupation, family composition, number of siblings, and the religion in which one was raised. Finally, we are able to examine the sensitivity of SK's major results to different and more recent data. The NLS72 survey ended in 1986. Since the respondents were highschool seniors in 1972, a large majority of those who completed a college degree would have done so sometime in the mid to late 1970s. The NLSY survey, in contrast, is a continuing survey that was first administered in 1979 when respondents were 14 to 21 years of age. Most college degree recipients would have completed their education roughly between 1982 and 1988.
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Gill, Andrew Matthew and Jack Foley. "Predicting Educational Attainment for a Minor Child: Some Further Evidence." Journal of Forensic Economics 9,2 (1996): 101-112.