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Trends in Quality Adjusted Skill Premia in the US, 1960-2000

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  • Carneiro, Pedro
  • Lee, Sokbae

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This paper presents new evidence that increases in college enrollment lead to a decline in the average quality of college graduates between 1960 and 2000, resulting in a decrease of 6 percentage points in the college premium. We show that although a standard demand and supply framework can qualitatively account for the trend in the college and age premia over this period, substantial quantitative adjustments still need to be made to account for changes in quality.

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  • Carneiro, Pedro & Lee, Sokbae, 2010. "Trends in Quality Adjusted Skill Premia in the US, 1960-2000," CEPR Discussion Papers 8108, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  • Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:8108
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    1. repec:wly:japmet:v:32:y:2017:i:1:p:16-36 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Pedro Carneiro & Michael Lokshin & Nithin Umapathi, 2017. "Average and Marginal Returns to Upper Secondary Schooling in Indonesia," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 32(1), pages 16-36, January.
    3. Ross, Matthew, 2014. "Skill Biased Technical Change: Wage Effects from a Panel of Occupational Task Measures," MPRA Paper 63732, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 18 Apr 2015.

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    Keywords

    College Premium; Composition Effects; Inequality;

    JEL classification:

    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General

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