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The economic determinants of truancy

Burgess, Simon, Gardiner, Karen and Propper, Carol (2002) The economic determinants of truancy. CASEpaper, 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
Library of Congress subject classification: 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)
Identification Number: 61
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2008 09:40

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