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American Economic Journal: Applied Economics: Vol. 4 No. 4 (October 2012)

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Longer-Term Impacts of Mentoring, Educational Services, and Learning Incentives: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in the United States

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Rodríguez-Planas, Núria. 2012. "Longer-Term Impacts of Mentoring, Educational Services, and Learning Incentives: Evidence from a Randomized Trial in the United States." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 4(4): 121-39.

DOI: 10.1257/app.4.4.121

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This paper reports on a randomized evaluation of a program designed to improve high school graduation and postsecondary education enrollment among low-performing high school students. Treated youths were offered mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards. The program was evaluated when the youths were 19, 21, and 24 years old. Treated youths obtained their high school diplomas earlier and were more likely than controls to attend postsecondary education. Five years after the end of the program, we find no significant overall effects of this intervention on employment outcomes. The program improved outcomes to a greater extent for the female enrollees than the male ones. (JEL D83, I21, I28, J13)

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Rodríguez-Planas, Núria (Autonomous U Barcelona and IZA, Bonn)

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D83: Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief
I21: Analysis of Education
I28: Education: Government Policy
J13: Fertility; Family Planning; Child Care; Children; Youth

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