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Educational Spillovers: Does One Size Fit All?

  • Robert Baumann
  • Raphael Solomon

In a search model of production, where agents accumulate heterogeneous amounts of human capital, an individual worker's wage depends on average human capital in the searching population. Following this model, the authors use a large American panel data set to estimate a Mincerian wage equation augmented with terms for average human capital. They find that there is a positive and significant spillover effect, but that the effect differs by gender and population group (whites, blacks, and Hispanics), as well as educational status. The differing spillover effects can only partially be explained by occupational choice.

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Paper provided by Bank of Canada in its series Working Papers with number 05-10.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 2005
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Handle: RePEc:bca:bocawp:05-10
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