School-to-Work Program Participation and the Early Labor Market Success of Young Adults in the Current Recession
Carrie L. Shandra

About the research


NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Award Year



State University of New York at Stony Brook

Primary Discipline

This project will use longitudinal nationally representative data from the United States to examine the relationship between participation in school-to-work programs and employment outcomes in the contemporary recession. I will utilize yearly data from a cohort of youth ages 12-16 in 1997 through ages 24-30 in 2009 to examine two questions: Does participation in school-to-work programs during high school and college affect young people’s short-term, medium-term, and long-term employability? If so, which programs are most effective and how long after school completion do they affect employment? Analyses will adjust for potential selection bias and control for demographic, family, and educational characteristics. Young people currently have the highest rates of unemployment and underemployment of all age groups; results from this project will contribute to the national funding and policy debates on how to ameliorate these problems.
About Carrie L. Shandra

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