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Adam Lavecchia

New publication in American Economic Review: Insights co-authored by Adam Lavecchia, assistant professor of Economics

The paper by Adam M. Lavecchia, Philip Oreopoulos, and Robert S. Brown titled; Long-Run Effects from Comprehensive Student Support: Evidence from Pathways to Education, will appear in the June issue of American Economic Review: Insights.

May 29, 2020

In the paper, Lavecchia, Oreopoulos, and Brown estimate the impact of the Pathway to Education program on the long-run labour market, social and family outcomes of students. Pathways to Education is a comprehensive student support program that offers several services and supports to high school students from at-risk communities. The program started in 2001 in the community of Regent Park in Toronto and has since expanded to several other cities in Canada. The paper links data on the outcomes of students eligible for Pathways because they lived in the public housing catchment area where the program was available to a comparison group of students that also lived in public housing in Toronto. With this data, they are able to follow students from the time they begin high school until their late 20s, more than 10 years after they stop participating in the program. Lavecchia et al find that eligibility for Pathways increases earnings at age 28 by approximately $3,000 per year or 19 percent (figure below). The results provide evidence that comprehensive student support programs can improve the long-run outcomes of at-risk youth in a meaningful way.

See the full paper here.