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Education-Based Wage Differentials and Regional Patterns : The Case of Canadian Registered Nurses


  • Lee, Heyung-Jik


This paper examines the monetary returns from a baccalaureate degree for the nursing education compared to a diploma across five regions in Canada. It engages me in employing benefit-cost analysis to assess whether the evidence is consistent with implications of human capital theory. Depending on the assumed discount rate and retirement age, the estimated baccalaureate-diploma wage differentials vary in each Canadian region. In this study, I conclude that the decision to invest in one more year of nursing education is economically rational only for the registered nurses who work in Eastern Canada.

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  • Lee, Heyung-Jik, 2009. "Education-Based Wage Differentials and Regional Patterns : The Case of Canadian Registered Nurses," Discussion paper series. A 206, Graduate School of Economics and Business Administration, Hokkaido University.
  • Handle: RePEc:hok:dpaper:206

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