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)|
|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)
|Date Deposited:||03 Jul 2008 09:40|
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