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SFamily Background and the Estimated Return to Schooling: Swedish Evidenc

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  • Sveinn Agnarsson
  • Paul S. Carlin

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Earnings regressions for married and cohabiting Swedish males in 1993 indicate that controlling for family background reduces the measured return to education by about 9 percent, net of measurement error bias. The Swedish evidence is generally consistent with the hypothesis that family background effects are primarily a result of an efficient marital sorting mechanism, which provides a signal about unobservable traits rather than being an indicator of nepotism.

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Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

Volume (Year): 37 (2002)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 680-692

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Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:37:y:2002:i:3:p:680-692

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  1. Chen, Yuanyuan & Feng, Shuaizhang, 2009. "Parental Education and Wages: Evidence from China," IZA Discussion Papers 4218, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Tushar Agrawal, 2011. "Returns to education in India: Some recent evidence," Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai Working Papers 2011-017, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India.
  3. Yuanyuan Chen & Shuaizhang Feng, 2011. "Parental education and wages: Evidence from China," Frontiers of Economics in China, Springer, vol. 6(4), pages 568-591, December.

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