Occupational Attainment of Men in Britain
The occupational attainment of men aged thirty-three is examined using longitudinal cohort data. The authors find that family background and early child development has a much stronger effect on occupational attainment than found in previous studies for Britain. Tests in math and reading taken at age seven, eleven, and sixteen provide important information regarding the likelihood of occupational success. The authors' results appear to be insensitive to whether they measure attainment using mean earnings or occupational status. Failure to control for unobserved person specific fixed effects causes significant downward bias in estimated returns to educational qualifications acquired after age twenty-three. Copyright 1997 by Royal Economic Society.
Volume (Year): 49 (1997)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
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