Civic returns to education: its effect on homophobia
AbstractThis paper addresses the question of whether higher levels of education contribute to greater tolerance of homosexuals. Using survey data for Ireland and exploiting a major reform to education, the abolition of fees for secondary schools in 1968, it is shown that increases in education causes individuals to be significantly more tolerant of homosexuals. Ignoring the endogeneity of education leads to much lower estimates of the effect of education. Replicating the model with data for the United Kingdom generates very similar results.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by School Of Economics, University College Dublin in its series Working Papers with number 201108.
Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 14 Apr 2011
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education; homophobia; tolerance; social returns;
Other versions of this item:
- Kevin Denny, 2011. "Civic returns to education: its effect on homophobia," Working Papers 201109, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
- NEP-ALL-2011-06-04 (All new papers)
- NEP-EDU-2011-06-04 (Education)
- NEP-LAB-2011-06-04 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2011-06-04 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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