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Author: Peterson, Iver
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1. Peterson, Iver
As More Earn Equivalency Diploma, Its Value Is Debated
New York Times, October 21, 1992, Section B; Page 10 Column 1
Cohort(s): NLSY79
Publisher: New York Times
Keyword(s): Dropouts; Education; GED/General Educational Diploma/General Equivalency Degree/General Educational Development; High School Completion/Graduates; Tests and Testing

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A study, by a University of Chicago economics professor, shows scant difference between the incomes of G.E.D. holders and of high school dropouts with no certificates. And the Army, which pioneered the forerunner of the G.E.D. for World War II veterans 50 years ago, last year quietly stopped accepting the certificate holders into the service on the same basis as high school graduates. The reason: G.E.D. earners flunk basic training at twice the rate of high school graduates. The G.E.D. Testing Service, which administers the G.E.D. nationwide, has been stunned by the sudden swell of bad news about a program that has long been regarded as a kind of saving second chance for millions of high school dropouts. The study on earnings, by James J. Heckman of the University of Chicago, is misleading, the service says. Using figures from the Census Bureau's National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Dr. Heckman compared the earnings of male G.E.D. holders at age 25 and at age 28 with those of other dropouts and those of high school graduates. While the G.E.D. holders earned somewhat more than other dropouts, Dr. Heckman ascribed the difference to G.E.D. holders' having, on average, attended one more year of high school than the other dropouts.
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Peterson, Iver. "As More Earn Equivalency Diploma, Its Value Is Debated." New York Times, October 21, 1992, Section B; Page 10 Column 1.