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Ability, Schooling Inputs and Earnings: Evidence from the NELS

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  • Ozkan Eren

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

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Utilizing the National Educational Longitudinal Study data, this paper examines the role of pre-market cognitive and noncognitive abilities, as well as schooling inputs, on young men's earnings. In addition to the conditional mean, we estimate the impacts over the earnings distribution using recently developed (instrumental) quantile regression techniques. Our results show that noncognitive ability is an important determinant of earnings, but the effects are not uniform across the distribution. We find noncognitive ability to be most effective for lower quantiles. Cognitive ability, on the other hand, shows a reversed pattern with more pronounced effects at the upper tail of the earnings distribution. We also find that, on average, pupil-teacher ratio is a significant determinant of earnings. However, similar to ability, the effects are not homogeneous

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0906.

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Length: 39 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2009
Date of revision: Aug 2009
Handle: RePEc:nlv:wpaper:0906

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Keywords: Cognitive Ability; Instrumental Quantile Regression; Measurement Error; Noncognitive Ability; Pupil-Teacher Ratio;

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  1. Bonev, Pavlin, 2013. "Government Intervention in Postsecondary Education in Bulgaria," MPRA Paper 52669, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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