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Against the Tide: Household Structure, Opportunities, and by Harry J. Holzer, and Henry Chen Carolyn J. Hill

By Harry J. Holzer, and Henry Chen Carolyn J. Hill

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Enrollment is measured in the month of November. The sum of each gender and race group’s enrollment statuses for each cohort equals 100. SOURCE: Authors’ tabulations from NLSY79 and NLSY97. 31 32 Hill, Holzer, and Chen tail. We examine the extent to which higher dropout rates among young minorities can be accounted for by achievement or family background differences later in this chapter and in Chapter 3. Rates of improvement over time in enrollment and educational attainment also vary across groups.

SOURCE: Authors’ tabulations from NLSY97. Outcomes for Young Adults in Two Cohorts 37 concern whether the respondent reported ever engaging in less serious offenses (damaging property, stealing something valued at more than $50, or joining a gang) or more serious offenses (carrying a handgun, selling drugs, attacking someone, or being arrested). We also present a measure of ever having been incarcerated, based both on self-reports and on whether the interview ever took place while the respondent was incarcerated.

20 Hill, Holzer, and Chen Notes 1. The relative wages of less-educated young men were also declining during much of this period, implying that reduced work incentives were at least part of the reason for their diminishing work effort (Juhn 1992). Decreasing availability of blue-collar and manufacturing jobs, rising skill demands, rising competition from immigrants and women, “spatial mismatch” problems, and persistent discrimination have also likely contributed to the difficulties of young black men (Holzer 2000).

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