Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?

  title={Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect Schooling and Earnings?},
  author={Joshua David Angrist and Alan B. Krueger},
  journal={Labor: Demographics \& Economics of the Family},
  • J. Angrist, A. Krueger
  • Published 1 December 1990
  • Education, Economics
  • Labor: Demographics & Economics of the Family
We establish that season of birth is related to educational attainment because of school start age policy and compulsory school attendance laws. Individuals born in the beginning of the year start school at an older age, and can therefore drop out after completing less schooling than individuals born near the end of the year. Roughly 25 percent of potential dropouts remain in school because of compulsory schooling laws. We estimate the impact of compulsory schooling on earnings by using quarter… 

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