CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, DROPOUT RATES AND EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT

Authors

  • WILLIAM SANDER,

  • ANTHONY C. KRAUTMANN

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    • *Professor and Associate Professor, respectively, Department of Economics, DePaul University. The authors would like to thank Steven Rivkin, an anonymous reviewer, and their colleagues at DePaul for their comments on a preliminary draft, and DePaul's College of Commerce for research support. Further, they would like to thank Charles Koretke for typing the manuscript. A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the American Economic Association's annual meeting in Boston, 1994.


Abstract

This paper examines the effect of Catholic schooling on high-school dropout rates and educational attainment. Particular attention is given to the effect of selection into the Catholic school sector. After adjusting for self-selection, we find that sophomores in the Catholic schools are still substantially more likely to graduate with their class. It is also shown that seniors in the Catholic schools are not more likely to acquire more schooling than other seniors if selection is taken into account.

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