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Schooling, Literacy and Individual Earnings

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  • Osberg, L.

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Direct measures of skill attainment, such as the International Adult Lite racy Survey, have been justified as a way to assess the relative importance of specific skills in determining labout market oucomes, but such scores are the product of complex statistical procedures, and alternative monotonic transformations may be equally plausible. This paper addresses the problem of statistical inference with ordinal variates and examines the robustness to alternative literacy measurement and scaling choices of rankings of average literacy and of estimates of the impact of literacy on individual earnings.

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  • Osberg, L., 1998. "Schooling, Literacy and Individual Earnings," Department of Economics at Dalhousie University working papers archive 98-06, Dalhousie, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:dal:wparch:98-06
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    1. Green, David A. & Craig Riddell, W., 2003. "Literacy and earnings: an investigation of the interaction of cognitive and unobserved skills in earnings generation," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 10(2), pages 165-184, April.
    2. Melanie Grosse & Kenneth Harttgen & Stephan Klasen, 2005. "Measuring Pro-Poor Growth with Non-Income Indicators," Ibero America Institute for Econ. Research (IAI) Discussion Papers 132, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    LABOUR MARKET ; EDUCATION ; HUMAN CAPITAL;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General

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