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Educational Attainment and the Changing U.S. Wage Structure: Dynamic Implications on Young Individuals' Choices

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  • Moshe Buchinsky
  • Phillip Leslie

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We present a dynamic model of individuals' educational investments that allows us to explore alternative modeling strategies for forecasting future wage distributions. The key innovation we propose is an approach to forecasting that relies only on the information that would be available at the actual time decisions are made and which incorporates the role of parameter uncertainty into the decision-making process. We compare the performance of our method with alternative models of forecasting behavior, based on CPS data over the period 1964-2004. (c) 2010 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.

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  • Moshe Buchinsky & Phillip Leslie, 2010. "Educational Attainment and the Changing U.S. Wage Structure: Dynamic Implications on Young Individuals' Choices," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 28(3), pages 541-594, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:28:y:2010:i:3:p:541-594
    DOI: 10.1086/651720
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