The Consequences of Dropping Out

“Over their working lives, the average high school dropout will have a negative net fiscal contribution to society of nearly -$5,200 while the average high school graduate generates a positive lifetime net fiscal contribution of $287,000. The average high school dropout will cost taxpayers over $292,000 in lower tax revenues, higher cash and in-kind transfer costs, and imposed incarceration costs relative to an average high school graduate.”

— Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University

As we approach the end of another school year, anyone with a child, relative or friend who is thinking about dropping out should familiarize themselves with a sixteen page study from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School.

In Consequences, the CLMS identifies “a series of employment, earnings, income, and social difficulties faced by the nation’s young adults lacking regular high school diplomas or their equivalent. These social and incarceration problems of young dropouts are quite severe among all gender and race-ethnic groups but are frequently more severe among men and Blacks. For many dropouts, these labor market and earnings problems will persist over their entire working lives, and for men they have intensified over the past few decades, with steep declines in their lifetime earnings and incomes and attendant adverse consequences on their marriage behavior.” The evidence is clear, substantial and convincing.

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Published in: on March 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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