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The Wage Premium to a University Education in Canada, 1971-1991

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Using micro data from the Canadian Survey of Consumer Finances, 1971-91, the authors investigate the return to a university education. Their conclusions are that while there appears to have been some decline in the return to a university degree during the 1970s in Canada (similar to the United States), the return did not rebound much during the 1980s except among the youngest experience (age) group. There is, however, considerable noise in the ratios from year to year so that one is likely to draw misleading inferences if only a few years of data are used. Coauthors are John Burbidge, Lonnie Magee, and A. Leslie Robb. Copyright 1995 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Bar-Or, Yuval, et al, 1995. "The Wage Premium to a University Education in Canada, 1971-1991," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 13(4), pages 762-794, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:13:y:1995:i:4:p:762-94
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    1. Martin D. Dooley, 1986. "The Overeducated Canadian? Changes in the Relationship among Earnings, Education, and Age for Canadian Men: 1971-81," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 19(1), pages 142-159, February.
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    1. Strawinski, Pawel, 2008. "Changes in return to higher education in Poland 1998-2005," MPRA Paper 9533, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Leszek Wincenciak, 2015. "Was It All Worth It? On the Value of Tertiary Education for Generation ’77 in Poland," Ekonomia journal, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw, vol. 42.
    3. Louis N. Christofides & Michael Hoy & Ling Yang, 2008. "The Gender Imbalance in Participation in Canadian Universities (1977-2005)," University of Cyprus Working Papers in Economics 5-2008, University of Cyprus Department of Economics.
    4. Brahim Boudarbat & Thomas Lemieux & W. Craig Riddell, 2010. "The Evolution of the Returns to Human Capital in Canada, 1980-2005," Canadian Public Policy, University of Toronto Press, vol. 36(1), pages 63-89, March.
    5. Peter Kuhn (McMaster), "undated". "Labour Market Polarization: Canada in International Perspective," Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers 02, McMaster University.

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