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Rates of Returns to Human Capital Investments in Albania


  • Arsena Gjipali

    () (Tirana University,Albania)

  • Suela Kristo

    () (Tirana University,Albania)


This paper develops a comprehensive framework of the main hypothesis tested whether the private returns to investment in education in Albania are sufficient to provide economic incentives for a high participation rate in post-compulsory schooling. We use cross section data from the Living Standards Measurement Survey (LSMS) of 2002 and develop a comprehensive framework for our quantitative analysis of the private returns to schooling and private incentives to invest in education. We construct estimates of the private return to each postcompulsory schooling level, taking into account the effects of education on wages. Evidence from the data shows that the significant part of return to secondary education is linked to further returns to higher education. This finding might explain the reduced incentives to invest in additional human capital.

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  • Arsena Gjipali & Suela Kristo, 2011. "Rates of Returns to Human Capital Investments in Albania," Romanian Economic Journal, Department of International Business and Economics from the Academy of Economic Studies Bucharest, vol. 14(41), pages 3-24, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:rej:journl:v:14:y:2011:i:41:p:3-24

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    1. Colm Harmon & Hessel Oosterbeek & Ian Walker, 2003. "The Returns to Education: Microeconomics," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 17(2), pages 115-156, April.
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