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Absolute Risk Aversion and the Returns to Education

  • Brunello, Giorgio

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    (University of Padova)

Individual absolute risk aversion is measured for a sample of 1373 male household heads, using the 1995 wave of the Survey on the Income and Wealth of Italian households. This measure, conditional on financial and real wealth and household income, is used as an instrument for attained education in a standard log earnings equation. I find that, in line with the literature, the gap between IV and OLS estimates of the returns to education is large.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 192.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2000
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Publication status: published in: Economics of Education Review, 2002, 21(6), 635-640
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp192
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  1. Fersterer, Josef & Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf, 2003. "Smoking, discount rates, and returns to education," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 22(6), pages 561-566, December.
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