Brewer Jozefowicz and Alumna Publish Study of High School Dropout Rates in Pennsylvania

Posted on 5/29/2018 8:34:07 AM

“Dropping Out of School: A County-Level Panel Data Analysis of Pennsylvania Secondary Public School Dropout Rates,” co-authored by honors-track economics alumna Jessica Black Gehman ’15 and Professor Stephanie Brewer Jozefowicz, has been published in the Pennsylvania Economic Review.

The paper analyzes the relationship between the high school dropout rates and demographic, socioeconomic, employment share, and educational funding characteristics in a panel data sample of the 67 Pennsylvania counties from 1990 to 2009.

The results suggest that the unemployment rate, income per capita, and college-level educational attainment have statistically significant negative impacts on public school dropout rates, while poverty, income inequality, household size, and vacant housing units have a significant positive relationship with the dependent variable.

Department of Economics