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Stay in School or Start Working? - The Human Capital Investment Decision under Uncertainty and Irreversibility

  • Natasa Bilkic
  • Thomas Gries
  • Margarethe Pilichowski

As the time of leaving school determines the level of academic achievement this timing decision is central for the human capital investment decision. Real option theory offers a new perspective of the human capital investment decision under uncertainty and irreversibility. Unlike other approaches we include accumulative schooling costs, and provide a full analytical discussion of all determinants of the decision to terminate education and enter the labor market. Further, as we are able to look at a sequence of formal qualification levels, each characterized by various cost and income profiles we can discuss discontinuities and sheepskin effects within this approach.

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