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American Economic Review: Vol. 103 No. 3 (May 2013)

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The Effects of Job Corps Training on Wages of Adolescents and Young Adults

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Blanco, German, Carlos A. Flores, and Alfonso Flores-Lagunes. 2013. "The Effects of Job Corps Training on Wages of Adolescents and Young Adults." American Economic Review, 103(3): 418-22.

DOI: 10.1257/aer.103.3.418

Abstract

Previous evaluations of Job Corps document disparate effects on the earnings of adolescents (aged 16-19) and young adults (aged 20-24). These are conjectured to be due to differential human capital accumulation within the program between these groups. If correct, the effect of the program on wages should be larger than that on earnings, since wages more accurately reflect human capital. We estimate bounds on average and quantile treatment effects of Job Corps on wages and find that the relative effects on both outcomes are similar, casting some doubt on the conjecture that human capital is driving the disparate effects.

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Blanco, German (Binghamton U, SUNY)
Flores, Carlos A. (U Miami)
Flores-Lagunes, Alfonso (Binghamton U, SUNY)

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J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth
J15: Economics of Minorities, Races, and Immigrants; Non-labor Discrimination
J31: Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials


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