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

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  • Antelius, Jesper

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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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  • Antelius, Jesper, 2000. "Sheepskin Effects in the Returns to Education: Evidence on Swedish Data," Working Paper Series 158, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
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    1. Arai, Mahmood & Thoursie, Peter Skogman, 2005. "Incentives and selection in cyclical absenteeism," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(2), pages 269-280, April.
    2. Strauss, Tove, 2000. "Economic Reforms and the Poor," Working Paper Series 164, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.
    3. Lin Xiu & Morley Gunderson, 2013. "Credential Effects and the Returns to Education in China," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 27(2), pages 225-248, June.
    4. Strauss, Tove, 2000. "Structural Reforms, Uncertainty, and Private Investment," Working Paper Series 165, Trade Union Institute for Economic Research.

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    Keywords

    Returns to education; Sheepskin effects;

    JEL classification:

    • I20 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - General
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education

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