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Non-linearities in the returns to education: sheepskin effects or threshold levels of human capital?

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Recent findings of non-linearities in the returns to education are cited as evidence of sheepskin effects, but evidence from Guatemala suggests otherwise. While non-linearities in the returns to education exist, it is argued that they are associated with 'threshold' levels.

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  • Harry Anthony Patrinos, 1996. "Non-linearities in the returns to education: sheepskin effects or threshold levels of human capital?," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 3(3), pages 171-173.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:3:y:1996:i:3:p:171-173
    DOI: 10.1080/135048596356609
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    1. Lau, Lawrence J. & Jamison, Dean T. & Louat, Frederic F., 1991. "Education and productivity in developing countries : an aggregate production function approach," Policy Research Working Paper Series 612, The World Bank.
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