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The Returns to Education in Rural Areas

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  • Goetz, Stephan J.

    (Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development, Agricultural and Regional Economics, PA State U and U CA, Berkeley)

  • Rupasingha, Anil

    (American U Sharjah)

Abstract

We compare the returns to human capital in rural areas with those in urban areas, and across the different regions of the US. A key finding is that these returns are considerably lower in rural than in urban areas. Furthermore, failure to correct for spatial dependence bias produces an overestimate of the returns to education at the county-level. We also examine various interactions among the regressors to identify the reasons why the returns to education vary between rural and urban areas.

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  • Goetz, Stephan J. & Rupasingha, Anil, 2004. "The Returns to Education in Rural Areas," The Review of Regional Studies, Southern Regional Science Association, vol. 34(3), pages 245-259.
  • Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:34:y:2004:i:3:p:245-59
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    Keywords

    Education; Human Capital; Spatial;
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    JEL classification:

    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • R23 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis - - - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population

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