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Determinants of a school’s dropout rate in Wisconsin public high schools

by DeMay, David

Abstract

This paper looks into the determinants of a high school’s dropout rate using panel data from 687 public high schools in Wisconsin. Using an OLS model this paper finds a few variables at the 5% significance level to have an effect on a high school’s dropout rate. A school’s funding, the racial breakdown of the student body, the education level of the local area, the unemployment rate of the local area, and the school’s student to staff ratio were all found to be significant determinants of a high school’s dropout rate. An effective initiative in bringing U.S. high school dropout rates down to those of other developed countries has the potential to save the U.S. trillions of dollars. Analyses similar to this one are the first step in achieving that goal.

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The author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.

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Copyright
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Publisher
Colorado College Tutt Library
PID
coccc:27075
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
31 pages : illustrations
Thesis
Senior Thesis -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Daniel Johnson
Department/Program
Economics and Business
Degree Name
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Type
bachelor
Degree Grantor
Colorado College Tutt Library
Date Issued
2016-12