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The Effects of Career and Technical Education: Evidence from the Connecticut Technical High School System

Source: NATIONAL BUREAU OF ECONOMIC RESEARCH

A new research paper examines the effect of attending stand-alone technical high schools on student short- and longterm
outcomes. Male students are 10 percentage points more likely to graduate from high school. Male students have 32% higher quarterly earnings. Earnings effects may in part reflect general skills: male students have higher attendance rates and test
scores, and industry fixed effects explain less than 1/3rd of earnings gains.

There is little evidence that attending a technical high school affects the outcomes of female students.