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The Educational Asset Market: A Finance Perspective on Human Capital Investment

Like the stock market, the human capital market consists of a wide range of assets, i.e. educations. Each young individual chooses the educational asset that matches his preferred combination of risk and return in terms of future income. A unique register-based data set with exact information on type and level of education enables us to focus on the shared features between human capital and stock investments. An innovative finance-labor approach is applied to study the educational asset market. A risk-return trade-off is revealed which is not directly related to the length of education.

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Paper provided by University of Aarhus, Aarhus School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 02-10.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 29 Jul 2002
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:aareco:2002_010
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