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The Role of Ability in Estimating the Returns to College Choice: New Swedish Evidence

  • Eliasson, Kent


    (National Institute for Working Life)

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    This paper examines the effect on earnings of graduating from five different college groups. The study is based on an administrative data set unusually rich in terms of school grades, parental characteristics and other attributes. Contrary to most previous Swedish research, we find no systematic differences in estimated earnings between the college categories. This finding holds for all college graduates, for men and women separately and for graduates in two specific fields of education. The results indicate that an estimator of the earnings effects of college choice that does not properly adjust for ability is likely to be substantially biased.

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    Paper provided by Umeå University, Department of Economics in its series Umeå Economic Studies with number 691.

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    Length: 34 pages
    Date of creation: 11 Sep 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhs:umnees:0691
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    Department of Economics, Umeå University, S-901 87 Umeå, Sweden

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