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Educational Attainment and the Cyclical Sensitivity of Employment

  • Jefferson, Philip N
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    This article examines whether there are educational premiums on the quantity side of the labor market. We document four findings: (1) Trend employment patterns shifted for most educational levels post-1977; (2) the lower the level of educational attainment, the more volatile the employment ratio; (3) the volatility of employment for female high school dropouts increased over time even as the economy became less volatile; and (4) since 1984, the responses of skilled and unskilled employment to the business cycle have become more alike. This latter finding is consistent with a reduced degree of capital-skill complementarity during this period.

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    Article provided by American Statistical Association in its journal Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2008)
    Issue (Month): ()
    Pages: 526-535

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    Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:26:y:2008:p:526-535
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