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Returns to education in the Irish youth labour market

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  • Alan Barrett

    () (The Economic and Social Research Institute, 4, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland)

  • Tim Callan

    () (The Economic and Social Research Institute, 4, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland)

  • Brian Nolan

    () (The Economic and Social Research Institute, 4, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, Ireland)

Abstract

Using data from two large-scale household surveys in 1987 and 1994, we estimate wage equations which show substantial increases in returns to university education for young Irish workers over the period, despite the exceptional increase in numbers with these qualifications. Returns to non-degree third level certificates and diplomas fell in relative terms, but returns to qualifications obtained by those leaving school at about 16 years of age rose. We argue that the increased return to university education primarily reflects the generalised shift in demand towards skilled labour internationally and the open nature of the Irish labour market. However, a floor may have been placed under earnings for low-skilled youth by the increased generosity of income support available to them.

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  • Alan Barrett & Tim Callan & Brian Nolan, 1999. "Returns to education in the Irish youth labour market," Journal of Population Economics, Springer;European Society for Population Economics, vol. 12(2), pages 313-326.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:12:y:1999:i:2:p:313-326
    Note: Received: 29 December 1997/Accepted: 7 August 1998
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    Returns to education · youth labour market;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials

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