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Title: Prison-Based Education and Re-Entry into the Mainstream Labor Market
Authors: Tyler, John H.
Kling, Jeffrey R.
Keywords: incarceration
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2004
Series/Report no.: Working Papers (Princeton University. Industrial Relations Section) ; 489
Abstract: We estimate the post-release economic effects of participation in prison-based General Educational Development (GED) programs using a panel of earnings records and a rich set of individual information from administrative data in the state of Florida. Fixed effects estimates of the impact of participating in the GED education program show post-release quarterly earnings gains of about 15 percent for program participants relative to observationally similar nonparticipants. We also show, however, that these earnings gains accrue only to racial/ethnic minority offenders and any GED-related earnings gains for this group seem to fade in the third year after release from prison. Estimates comparing offenders who obtained a GED to those who participated in GED-related prison education programs but left prison without a GED show no systematic evidence of an independent impact of the credential itself on post-release quarterly earnings.
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