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Economic returns to education: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going—Some brief pointers

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  • Dickson, Matt
  • Harmon, Colm

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The estimation of the economic return to education has perhaps been one of the predominant areas of analysis in applied economics for over 50 years. In this short note we consider some of the recent directions taken by the literature, and also some of the blockages faced by both science and policymakers in pushing forward some key issues. This serves by way of introduction to a set of papers for a special issue of the Economics of Education Review.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics of Education Review.

Volume (Year): 30 (2011)
Issue (Month): 6 ()
Pages: 1118-1122

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecoedu:v:30:y:2011:i:6:p:1118-1122

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Keywords: Returns to education; Education policy;

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  1. Economic Returns to Education: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going – Some Brief Pointers
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2011-08-21 14:15:05
  2. Economic Returns to Education: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going – Some Brief Pointers
    by maximorossi in NEP-LTV blog on 2011-08-21 14:15:05
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  4. Fossen, Frank & Büttner, Tobias, 2013. "The returns to education for opportunity entrepreneurs, necessity entrepreneurs, and paid employees," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79691, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  5. José Joaquín Brunner, 2013. "The Rationale for Higher Education Investment in Ibero-America," OECD Development Centre Working Papers 319, OECD Publishing.
  6. Piper, Alan T., 2012. "A Happiness Test of Human Capital Theory," MPRA Paper 43496, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  7. McHenry, Peter, 2013. "The relationship between schooling and migration: Evidence from compulsory schooling laws," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 24-40.

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