What Does a High School Diploma Get You? Employment, Race, and the Transition to Adulthood

In a 2012 study, the authors examined the employment of African American and white youth as they transition to adulthood from age 18 to 22, focusing on high school graduates and high school dropouts who did not attend college.

They found that white high school graduates work significantly more than all other youth on most measures; African American high school graduates work as much and sometimes less than white high school dropouts; African American dropouts work significantly less than all other youth.

Findings further suggest that the improved labor market participation associated with a high school diploma is higher over time for African Americans than for white youth.

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