Dropping out of high school has its costs around the globe, but nowhere steeper than in the United States.
Adults who don't finish high school in the U.S. earn 65 percent of what people who have high school degrees make, according to a new report comparing industrialized nations. No other country had such a severe income gap.
Adults without a high school diploma typically make about 80 percent of the salaries earned by high school graduates in nations across Asia, Europe, and elsewhere. Countries such as Finland, Belgium, Germany, and Sweden have the smallest gaps in earnings between dropouts and graduates.