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Overeducation and Individual Heterogeneity

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  • Michael Maier

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz)

  • Friedhelm Pfeiffer

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    (Centre for European Economic Research)

  • Winfried Pohlmeier

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    (Department of Economics, University of Konstanz)

Abstract

In this paper, the efficiency of human capital investments is evaluated in the light of inadequate educational careers and skill obsolescence. Assuming heterogeneous returns to schooling and overeducation we use the potential outcome approach to measure the causal effect of human capital investments on earnings as a continuous treatment effect. Empirical evidence is based on a sample of West German full-time employed males from the "BIBB/IABStrukturerhebung 1998/99". Our estimate of the average treatment effect of an additional year of schooling (ATE) amounts to 8.7%, which does not differ much from conventional instrumental variable estimates. For skilled and high skilled workers, we find no evidence that the average returns to overeducation are lower than the average returns to required educuation, which differs from the evidence find in most traditional studies. There is evidence for considerable heterogeneity in the expected returns to overeducation. For 20 to 30% of the workers returns seem to be negative.

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Paper provided by Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim in its series Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor with number 03-01.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: 23 Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:knz:hetero:0301

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Keywords: returns to schooling ; overeducation ; potential outcome approach ; conditional mean independence ; correlated random coefficient model;

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  1. Gebel, Michael & Pfeiffer, Friedhelm, 2007. "Educational expansion and its heterogeneous returns for wage workers," ZEW Discussion Papers 07-010, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.
  2. Santiago Budría, 2011. "Are Educational Mismatches Responsible for the ‘Inequality Increasing Effect’ of Education?," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 102(3), pages 409-437, July.
  3. Markus Jochmann & Winfried Pohlmeier, 2004. "The Causal Effect of Schooling : empirical Evidence from Germany," Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor 04-05, Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim.
  4. David Audretsch & Erik Lehmann & Susanne Warning, 2004. "University Spillovers: Does the Kind of Science Matter?," Working Papers of the Research Group Heterogenous Labor 04-04, Research Group Heterogeneous Labor, University of Konstanz/ZEW Mannheim.
  5. Anton L. Flossmann & Winfried Pohlmeier, 2006. "Casual Returns to Education: A Survey on Empirical Evidence for Germany," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Department of Statistics and Economics, vol. 226(1), pages 6-23, January.
  6. Pfeiffer, Friedhelm & Pohlmeier, Winfried F. X., 2012. "Causal Returns to Schooling and Individual Heterogeneity," IZA Discussion Papers 6588, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Pohlmeier, Winfried & Pfeiffer, Friedhelm & Maier, Michael, 2004. "Returns to Education and Individual Heterogeneity," ZEW Discussion Papers 04-34, ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research.

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