The Cost of Dropping Out: Research Reports

January 2003


The Business Council of Australia commissioned research that found that without concerted action, at least 80,000 young Australians over the next decade are likely to leave school early and face long-term unemployment.

The primary research report, The Cost of Dropping Out: The Economic Impact of Early School Leaving, was supplemented by three reports.

Two of those reports were prepared by the Allen Consulting Group for the BCA and were titled Overview of Transition Programs: Policies and Programs, and The Economy-Wide Benefits of Increasing the Proportion of Students Achieving Year 12 Equivalent Education: Modelling Results.

A fourth report, Young Persons’ Education, Training and Employment Outcomes with Special Reference to Early School Leavers, was prepared for the BCA and Dusseldorp Skills Forum by Applied Economics.

The Cost of Dropping Out: The Economic Impact of Early School Leaving

Overview of Transition Programs: Policies and Programs (Allen Consulting Group report)

The Economy-Wide Benefits of Increasing the Proportion of Students Achieving Year 12 Equivalent Education: Modelling Results (Allen Consulting Group report)

Young Persons’ Education, Training and Employment Outcomes with Special Reference to Early School Leavers (Applied Economics report)