High school grades count — in future earnings, study finds



What you do in high school really does matter, researchers report in the Eastern Economic Journal.

“Conventional wisdom is that academic performance in high school is important for college admission,” says Michael T. French, professor of health economics at the University of Miami and the lead researcher. “But this is the first study to clearly demonstrate the link between high school GPA and labor market earnings many years later.”

“A one-unit increase in your GPA has a very sizable impact on your education and earnings,” French tells Wonkblog in the Washington Post.

Read more in the University of Miami press release.