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Search equilibrium and social and private returns to education

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  • Holzner, Christian
  • Launov, Andrey

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Social and private returns to education are computed using the structural estimates of an extended Burdett-Mortensen search equilibrium model. The extension includes different skill groups linked via a production function with variable degree of homogeneity, allowing thereby for a unimodal earnings density with a decreasing right tail. We find that the decreasing unemployment risk for higher skill groups and the absence of tuition fees in Germany increase private returns and lead to a too large share of high skilled individuals in the workforce, which is suboptimal from the social point of view.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 54 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 39-59

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Handle: RePEc:eee:eecrev:v:54:y:2010:i:1:p:39-59

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Keywords: Social and private returns to education Search frictions;

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Cited by:
  1. Stijepic, Damir, 2013. "Successive Technical Change and the Demand for Skill," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79870, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. Abbi Kedir & Andri Kyrizi & Francisco Martinez-Mora, 2012. "Signalling and Productivity Effects of Overeducation: Is It Really a Waste of Resources?," Discussion Papers in Economics 12/19, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.

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