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External returns to higher education in Mexico 2000-2010

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  • Mariana Pereira-López

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Iberoamericana. México, D.F.)

  • Isidro Soloaga

    () (Department of Economics, Universidad Iberoamericana. México, D.F.)

Abstract

This paper estimates the external returns to higher education in Mexico using cross-sectional micro data from the 2000 and 2010 censuses’ samples. Results indicate that a one percentage point increase in the share of college graduates in Mexico increases the regression-adjusted average wages of a metropolitan area in more than six percent over a 10-year period. Analyzing whether these effects are mainly due to externalities or to supply movements along a downward sloping demand, it finds that part of the external returns to education is the result of externalities from direct or indirect interaction with these individuals.

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  • Mariana Pereira-López & Isidro Soloaga, 2015. "External returns to higher education in Mexico 2000-2010," Ensayos Revista de Economia, Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Facultad de Economia, vol. 0(1), pages 1-34, May.
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    Keywords

    human capital; knowledge spillovers; education; wages; social returns to education;
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    JEL classification:

    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General
    • R0 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General
    • O0 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - General
    • O4 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity

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