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Skills, Education, And Canadian Provincial Disparity


  • Serge Coulombe
  • Jean-François Tremblay


We derive synthetic time series over the 1951-2001 period of the skills of labor market entrants for the 10 Canadian provinces from the 2003 ALL survey. The effect of the skills variable on regional income is significant and substantial. Skills acquired by one extra year of schooling result in an increase in per capita income of around 5 percent, which is close to microeconomic Mincerian estimates. Our literacy indicator does not outperform human capital indicators based on education. This contrasts sharply with recent cross-country evidence and suggests substantial measurement error in cross-country schooling data. Copyright Blackwell Publishing, Inc. 2007

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  • Serge Coulombe & Jean-François Tremblay, 2007. "Skills, Education, And Canadian Provincial Disparity," Journal of Regional Science, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(5), pages 965-991.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jregsc:v:47:y:2007:i:5:p:965-991

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    1. Nadir Altinok & Claude Diebolt & Jean-Luc Demeulemeester, 2014. "A new international database on education quality: 1965--2010," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 46(11), pages 1212-1247, April.
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    7. Serge Coulombe, 2011. "Lagging Behind: Productivity and the Good Fortune of Canadian Provinces," C.D. Howe Institute Commentary, C.D. Howe Institute, issue 331, June.

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