CIRCLE (The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement)
conducts research on the civic and political engagement of young Americans.
The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Working Paper 37: The Political Participation of College Students, Working Students and Working Youth

August 4th, 2005
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by Sharon E. Jarvis, Lisa Montoya, and Emily Mulvoy

August 2005graph

“Education has long been a powerful predictor in understanding political participation and yet the paths toward earning a college degree have changed considerably in recent years. As tuition costs increase and as schooling option burgeon, today‚Äôs youth are taking longer to finish their academic programs and are increasingly working as they do so. To learn more about the intersection of education, work and political participation, this paper reports data from a phone survey of over 1,000 19-23 year olds on (1) their schooling and work paths and (2) the political resources, opportunities and participation levels for
three categories of young people: college students, working students, and non-college (working) youth.”

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