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The Payoff: Returns to University, College and Trades Education in Canada, 1980 to 2005

  • Daniel Boothby

    (Industry Canada)

  • Torben Drewes

    (Trent University)

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    Among OECD countries, Canada has the highest percentage of postsecondary graduates in the population 25-64 years old, which is due to having a large proportion of nonuniversity postsecondary graduates from colleges and trade schools. By considering the financial returns to types of postsecondary education, which reflect demand and supply, this paper examines whether Canada has produced too many postsecondary graduates in general, or too many graduates from colleges or trade schools in particular. The answers to both questions is no. There are high rates of return to higher education, with the exception of women graduates of trade schools.

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    Paper provided by C.D. Howe Institute in its series e-briefs with number 104.

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    Length: 6 pages
    Date of creation: Aug 2010
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    Publication status: Published on the C.D. Howe Institute website, August 2010
    Handle: RePEc:cdh:ebrief:104
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    1. Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz, 2007. "Long-Run Changes in the Wage Structure: Narrowing, Widening, Polarizing," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 38(2), pages 135-168.
    2. Claudia Goldin & Lawrence F. Katz, 2007. "Long-Run Changes in the U.S. Wage Structure: Narrowing, Widening, Polarizing," NBER Working Papers 13568, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
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