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Occupational Attainment of Men in Britain

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  • Harper, Barry
  • Haq, Mohammad
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    The occupational attainment of men aged thirty-three is examined using longitudinal cohort data. The authors find that family background and early child development has a much stronger effect on occupational attainment than found in previous studies for Britain. Tests in math and reading taken at age seven, eleven, and sixteen provide important information regarding the likelihood of occupational success. The authors' results appear to be insensitive to whether they measure attainment using mean earnings or occupational status. Failure to control for unobserved person specific fixed effects causes significant downward bias in estimated returns to educational qualifications acquired after age twenty-three. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Economic Papers.

    Volume (Year): 49 (1997)
    Issue (Month): 4 (October)
    Pages: 638-50

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:oxecpp:v:49:y:1997:i:4:p:638-50

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    2. Larry L. Howard & Nishith Prakash, 2011. "Do Employment Quotas Explain the Occupational Choices of Disadvantaged Minorities in India?," Working papers 2012-31, University of Connecticut, Department of Economics.
    3. Brown, Sarah & Fry, Tim R.L. & Harris, Mark N., 2008. "Untangling supply and demand in occupational choice," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 99(2), pages 414-417, May.
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    6. Morris, Stephen, 2006. "Body mass index and occupational attainment," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 25(2), pages 347-364, March.
    7. M. D. R. Evans & Jonathan Kelley, 2004. "Effects of Family of Origin on Women’s and Men’s Workforce Involvement," Melbourne Institute Working Paper Series wp2004n25, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, The University of Melbourne.
    8. Michael A Shields & Stephen Wheatley Price, . "The English Language Fluency and Occupational Success of Ethnic Minority Immigrant Men Living in English Metropolitan Areas," Discussion Papers in Public Sector Economics 99/4, Department of Economics, University of Leicester.
    9. Constant, Amelie & Zimmermann, Klaus F, 2004. "Occupational Choice Across Generations," CEPR Discussion Papers 4258, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    10. MacDonald, Ziggy & Pudney, Stephen, 2000. "Illicit drug use, unemployment, and occupational attainment," Journal of Health Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(6), pages 1089-1115, November.
    11. Crespo, Nuno & Simoes, Nadia & Moreira, Sandrina B., 2013. "Gender Differences in Occupational Mobility – Evidence from Portugal," MPRA Paper 49195, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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