“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
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