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Do literacy and numeracy pay off? : on the relationship between basic skills and earnings

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  • Antoni, Manfred

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    (Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany])

  • Heineck, Guido

Abstract

"Is there a reward for basic skills in the German labor market? To answer this question, we examine the relationship between literacy, numeracy and monthly gross earnings of full-time employed workers. We use data from the ALWA survey, augmented by test scores on basic cognitive skills as well as administrative earnings data. Our results indicate that earnings are positively related to both types of skills. There furthermore is no evidence for non-linearity in this relationship and only little heterogeneity when differentiating by sub-groups." (Author's abstract, IAB-Doku) ((en))

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Paper provided by Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB), Nürnberg [Institute for Employment Research, Nuremberg, Germany] in its series IAB Discussion Paper with number 201221.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 18 Sep 2012
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Handle: RePEc:iab:iabdpa:201221

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Keywords: Qualifikation; Lesen; Schreiben; Mathematik; Einkommenseffekte; Lohnhöhe; Berufserfolg; Bildungsertrag;

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