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Looking for stats on high school graduates vs. dropouts

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I’m looking for a stat. I know I’ve read it before, but I can’t remember where.

I’m looking for dollar figures on the “social return on investment” we get when a student graduates from high school. Comparing grads vs. dropouts as far as potential salaries, taxes paid, expenses such as incarceration rates, divorce, drug and alcohol use.

Is there any reader out there who has those stats? Or who can direct me where to look? Drop me a note at, if this ring any bells.

Thanks in advance.


About Dana Haynes

Dana Haynes, joined PCC in 2007 as the manager of the Office of Public Affairs, directing the college's media and government relations. Haynes spent the previous 20 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for Oregon newspapers, including ... more »


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