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Author(s):Tyler, J
Title:What do we know about the economic benefits of the GED? A synthesis of evidence from recent research
Organization:Brown University
Short Description:This paper synthesizes research on the economic impact of the General Educational Development (GED) credential. Four lessons emerge from research that has been conducted since a comprehensive review of GED-related research that was published in 1998.
Annotation:This paper synthesizes research on the economic impact of the General Educational Development (GED) credential. Four lessons emerge from research that has been conducted since a comprehensive review of GED-related research that was published in 1998. First, any economic benefits associated with a GED seem to accrue only to low skilled dropouts, with no benefits for higher skilled dropouts. Second, economic benefits associated with a GED appear over time rather than immediately upon receipt of the credential. Third, GED benefits associated with post-secondary education and training are small due to the small amounts of each that GED holders obtain. Fourth, many GEDs are obtained in prison and there appears to be no economic payoff to obtaining a “prison GED.”
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Correctional Education/Re-entry
Employment and Workforce Development
Low-Income Students

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