Cost Of Dropouts In The Capital Region

Educational attainment is a critical input in securing positive outcomes on a wide range of dimen- sions of well-being among youth, including physical and mental health, employment, and civic engagement.
The purpose of this working paper is to provide an analysis of the costs associated with high school dropouts to raise awareness among regional constituents of the impact that educational attainment outcomes have not just on youth well-being across the nine counties of the Capital Region, but for the entire region, through the loss of economic value and the associated public sector costs associ- ated with reduced revenue and additional social expenditure.