HPU Professor's Research Published In Academic Journal

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 20, 2009 – Dr. Stephanie Crofton, associate dean of the Earl N. Phillips School of Business at High Point University, had her article, entitled “Do Higher Real Minimum Wages Lead to More High School Dropouts?: Evidence from Maryland Across Races, 1993-2004,” published in the April issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology.
The article was co-authored with William Anderson of Frostburg State University and Emily Rawe of University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
The paper explored whether higher levels of the real minimum wage have differing effects on high school dropout rates across students of various races and ethnicities. Previous studies on this topic have tended to focus on aggregated dropout rates. However, Crofton?s study used data for high school dropout rates of various ethnic groups across counties in Maryland during 1993-2004.
Crofton found that the effects of increases in the minimum wage do differ across ethnic groups. This finding could help public policy makers target programs aimed at lowering dropout rates for specific groups of students. In addition, several of her findings are broadly consistent with commonly reported sociological observations regarding how behavioral choices may be affected by different levels, across races and ethnicities, of cultural integration of recent immigrants, family cohesiveness, the value placed on education, small business ownership and hourly (vs. salaried) employment.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with more than 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu. Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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