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Private Returns to Human Capital over Transition: A Case Study of Belarus

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  • Pastore, Francesco

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    (University of Naples II)

  • Verashchagina, Alina

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    (University of Siena)

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The gradualist approach to economic transition in Belarus would contribute to form the a priori expectation that the rate of return to education is low and the earnings profile by work experience flat, like they supposedly were under central-planning. However, the first available estimates of Mincerian earnings equations based on the Belarusian Household Survey on Incomes and Expenditure suggest that the skill payoff was high in 1996, at about 10.1% per year, and stable. The return to one year of work experience is also high at 5%. This result maintains also after controlling for sample selection bias, despite a general reduction in the annual rate of return to education by about 20-30%. Though, it is ambiguous whether the high-skill payoff is the consequence of market forces coming into play or of policy decisions, considering the pervasive role of the state in the process of wage determination.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 1409.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
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Publication status: published in: Economics of Education Review, 2006, 25(1), 91-107
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Keywords: educational economics; returns to human capital; economic transition; Belarus;

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  1. Maksim Yemelyanau, 2009. "Inequality in Belarus from 1995 to 2007," BEROC Working Paper Series 01, Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC).
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