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Sheepskin Effects in the Returns to Education: Evidence on Swedish Data

  • Antelius, Jesper

    (Trade Union Institute for Economic Research)

The empirical labor literature often refers returns to specific credentials of education as sheepskin effects. Previous studies might suffer from potential flaws as they use an approach, which overlook the presence of an "education effect" from receipt of a diploma. This paper examines and reports evidence of sheepskin effects at both university level and at high school level, in the Swedish labor market. In contrast to previous US studies the paper considers and reports the existence of an "education effect" involved when estimating the sheepskin effect. The paper also reports evidence on diminishing sheepskin effects with tenure at the current firm.

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Paper provided by Trade Union Institute for Economic Research in its series Working Paper Series with number 158.

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Length: 16 pages
Date of creation: 04 Apr 2000
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:fiefwp:0158
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  1. Hungerford, Thomas & Solon, Gary, 1987. "Sheepskin Effects in the Returns to Education," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 69(1), pages 175-77, February.
  2. Liu, Pak-Wai & Wong, Yue-Chim, 1982. "Educational Screening by Certificates: An Empirical Test," Economic Inquiry, Western Economic Association International, vol. 20(1), pages 72-83, January.
  3. Belman, Dale & Heywood, John S, 1997. "Sheepskin Effects by Cohort: Implications of Job Matching in a Signaling Model," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 49(4), pages 623-37, October.
  4. Park, Jin Heum, 1999. "Estimation of sheepskin effects using the old and the new measures of educational attainment in the Current Population Survey," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 62(2), pages 237-240, February.
  5. Arkes, Jeremy, 1999. "What Do Educational Credentials Signal and Why Do Employers Value Credentials?," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 18(1), pages 133-141, February.
  6. Jaeger, David A & Page, Marianne E, 1996. "Degrees Matter: New Evidence on Sheepskin Effects in the Returns to Education," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 78(4), pages 733-40, November.
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