The Impact of Parental Education on Earnings: New Wine in an Old Bottle?
AbstractWe examine the impact of parental education on the shape of an individual's experience-earnings profile. A number of factors suggest that parental education will affect the ability of an individual to translate labor market experience into earnings. Our empirical analysis of US data suggests that this is indeed the case. Higher parental education shifts the earnings profile significantly to the left – the profile of individuals with parents who both have 15 years of education peaks at 16 years of experience when their wages are 52% (24%) greater than those whose parents both have only 5 (10) years of education.
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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: May 2009
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2011, 113 (2), 112-115
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- Hudson, John & Sessions, John G., 2009. "The Impact of Parental Education on Earnings : New Wine in an Old Bottle?," Department of Economics Working Papers 14762, University of Bath, Department of Economics.
- J30 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - General
- J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
- J33 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-06-03 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2009-06-03 (Education)
- NEP-HRM-2009-06-03 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-LAB-2009-06-03 (Labour Economics)
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