A historical perspective on high school students' paid employment and its association with high school dropout

John Robert Warren, Emily Forrest Cataldi

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Abstract

Discussions about the role of paid employment in high school students' lives usually involve untested assumptions about historical trends in the frequency, intensity, and selective nature of students' employment behaviors. Using several nationally representative data sources, we find few changes in rates of employment or hours worked per week among adolescents since 1940 or among students since 1980. We observe important changes in recent decades in racial/ethnic and gender differences in employment and intensive employment. Finally, we observe that the relationship between students' intensive employment and high school completion has been stable and persistently significant since the late 1960s.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-143
Number of pages31
JournalSociological Forum
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006

Keywords

  • Adolescent employment
  • High school dropout
  • School enrollment

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