High school GPA predicts future earnings

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New research from the University of Miami discovers high school grade point average (GPA) is a strong predictor of whether one graduates from college and how much money a person makes in adulthood.

However, the research does come with one important caveat: Although women have significantly higher high school GPAs, men earn more in the workplace. For this reason, the investigators analyzed men and women separately.

Analysis of multiple levels of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, showed that a one-point increase in GPA doubles the probability of completing college — from 21 percent to 42 percent — for both genders.

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