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Author: Olsen, Norma K.
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1. Olsen, Norma K.
Labor Supply of Young GED Recipients
Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1989
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: UMI - University Microfilms, Bell and Howell Information and Learning
Keyword(s): GED/General Educational Diploma/General Equivalency Degree/General Educational Development; Labor Supply

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between holding a GED credential and the labor supply by 1985 of young married people in the United States. The relationship was examined through the application of an explicit theory of labor supply derived from labor economic theory and practice. This theory provided a model of how individuals make choices between work and leisure and about the number of hours they will devote to each. The responses of 9,136 married members of the NLSY, a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of noninstitutionalized youths in the United States, were used to examine the relationship and to permit the generalization of results to the population of married United States young adults. It was uncertain whether a relationship exists between holding a GED credential and labor supply. However, other factors besides holding a GED credential were found to influence labor supply. Nonlabor income was found to be negatively correlated with the number of hours a person contributes to work, while the market wage correlated positively with hours worked. This study documents the existence of factors, other than schooling, which influence labor supply. The recommendations from these findings suggest that planners and policy makers of education for work realize that these other factors must be considered in their evaluation of educational programs. It is imperative that career counselors as well as potential GED test examinees be aware that obtaining a GED credential may not lead directly to employment outcomes.
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Olsen, Norma K. Labor Supply of Young GED Recipients. Ph.D. Dissertation, Pennsylvania State University, 1989.