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Is there a Return-Risk Link in Education?

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  • Pereira, Pedro T.

    ()
    (University of Madeira)

  • Martins, Pedro S.

    ()
    (Queen Mary, University of London)

Abstract

Risk averse investors have to be compensated in higher expected returns when facing investments with higher risk. Education is an important investment therefore we use the results for 16 countries to test the positive relationship between return to education and the risk involved in this investment. It seems that most of the countries fit the pattern well: higher risk - higher return.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 321.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2001
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2002, 75 (1), 31-37
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp321

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Keywords: quantile regression; risk; Returns to education;

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  1. Harry Markowitz, 1952. "Portfolio Selection," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 7(1), pages 77-91, 03.
  2. Pereira, Pedro Telhado & Martins, Pedro Silva, 2000. "Does Education Reduce Wage Inequality? Quantile Regressions Evidence from Fifteen European Countries," FEUNL Working Paper Series wp379, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Faculdade de Economia.
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