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Education Choices and Job Market Characteristics


  • Qianshuo Liu
  • Inés Macho-Stadler


We propose a simple three-stage model where heterogeneous schools compete via tuition fees, individuals with the ex-ante unknown ability make their education choices to (eventually) get a diploma and reveal their ability, and finally the job market determines the assignment of workers to firms and the equilibrium wages. In equilibrium, wages in the labor market and schools’ fees and individuals’ school choices are strongly related. We also analyze the effects of the existence of a public school or a subsidy on social welfare.

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  • Qianshuo Liu & Inés Macho-Stadler, 2023. "Education Choices and Job Market Characteristics," Working Papers 1379, Barcelona School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:bge:wpaper:1379

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    education choices; skills; job market;
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    JEL classification:

    • I26 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Returns to Education
    • C78 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Bargaining Theory; Matching Theory

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