Good grades = bigger bucks - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe News Weather, Video -

Good grades = bigger bucks

© Zoonar / Thinkstock © Zoonar / Thinkstock
  • Wendy Damonte's Health Watch ReportsMore>>

  • Request Remind Me 2 Kit

    Request a Remind Me 2 Kit

         More >>
  • Fish and Pregnant Women

    Fish and Pregnant Women

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-21 23:37:10 GMT
    In June the government put out new recommendations telling Americans to eat more fish because of the health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish.
    More >>
    In June the government put out new recommendations telling Americans to eat more fish because of the health benefits. But a new analysis from Consumer Reports says pregnant women should avoid one of the most popular types of fish.More >>
  • Type O Blood Donors Urgently Needed at United Blood Services

    Type O Blood Donors Urgently Needed at United Blood Services

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:02 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:02:08 GMT
    United Blood Services is reaching out to all type O donors for a blood donation since their inventories of type O blood is very low today and they need to build inventories going into the long Labor Day weekend.More >>
    United Blood Services is reaching out to all type O donors for a blood donation since their inventories of type O blood is very low today and they need to build inventories going into the long Labor Day weekend.More >>

WEDNESDAY, May 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Good grades really do pay off, a new study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from more than 10,000 Americans, and found that a 1-point increase in high school grade point average (GPA) was associated with higher annual earnings later in life -- 12 percent more for men and 14 percent more for women.

The study, published in the May 19 issue of the Eastern Economic Journal, also found that a 1-point increase in GPA increased the likelihood of completing college from 21 percent to 42 percent for both women and men.

"Conventional wisdom is that academic performance in high school is important for college admission, but this is the first study to clearly demonstrate the link between high school GPA and labor market earnings many years later," study leader Michael French, director of the Health Economics Research Group at the University of Miami, said in a university news release.

"High school guidance counselors and teachers can use these findings to highlight the importance of doing well in high school for both short-term [college admission] and longer-term [earnings as an adult] goals," he added.

The results suggest that blacks "with poor high school GPAs are less likely to graduate from high school and attend college, but once GPA and other factors are included in the models, they are actually more likely than other races to graduate from college and continue to graduate school," French added.

"One possible explanation for this finding is that African-Americans with relatively high GPAs are more motivated and determined than whites to attend college and obtain an advanced degree," he said.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains the link between health and school success.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.