Long-run Effects from Comprehensive Student Support: Evidence from Pathways to Education
Robert S. Brown
- American Economic Review: Insights (Forthcoming)
Offering comprehensive education support services to disadvantaged students shows promise for improving academic attainment. We explore longer-term impacts of the Pathways to
Education program, a set of coaching, tutoring, group activities and financial incentives initially
offered in 2001 to Grade 9 students living in the largest public housing community in Toronto.
Using a difference-differences methodology and matching school records to income tax data
through age 28 for a sample of students living in public housing under similar circumstances, we
find that Pathways eligibility increased adult annual earnings by 19 percent, employment by 14
percent and reduced welfare receipt by more than 30 percent.
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