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The economic determinants of truancy

Burgess, Simon and Gardiner, Karen and Propper, Carol (2002) The economic determinants of truancy. CASEpaper, CASE/61. Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Truancy is often seen as irrational behaviour on the part of school age youth. This paper takes the opposite view and models truancy as the solution to a time allocation problem in which youths derive current returns from activities that reduce time spent at school. The model is estimated using a US panel dataset, the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979, and the estimation allows for the possible endogeneity of returns from these competing activities. The results show that truancy is a function of the estimated economic returns from work, crime and school.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2002 Simon M Burgess, Karen Gardiner and Carol Propper
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 09:40
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 08:03

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