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Econometric Evidence Regarding Education and Border Income Performance


  • Almada, Christa
  • Blanco-Gonzalez, Lorenzo
  • Eason, Patricia
  • Fullerton, Thomas


This study examines the relationship between education and income in Texas counties that are located along the border with Mexico. Estimation results confirm ealrier research results for this region. Parameter heterogeneity underscores the increased importance of education in the service-oriented labor market that has emerged in recent years in the United States. Simulation results quantify the income gains that could potentially be realized if drop out rates were lowered in the border counties included in the sample.

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  • Almada, Christa & Blanco-Gonzalez, Lorenzo & Eason, Patricia & Fullerton, Thomas, 2006. "Econometric Evidence Regarding Education and Border Income Performance," MPRA Paper 451, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2006.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:451

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    1. Thomas M. FULLERTON & Carlos R. MORALES & Adam G. WALKE, 2014. "The Effects Of Education, Infrastructure, And Demographics On Regional Income Performance In Missouri," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(1), pages 5-22.
    2. Ray, Rita, 2015. "STEM Education and Economic Performance in the American States," MPRA Paper 65517, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Thomas FULLERTON & Enedina LICERIO & Phuntsho WANGMO, 2010. "Education, Infrastructure, and Regional Income Performance in Arkansas," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 10(1).

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    Education; Texas border incomes; applied econometrics;

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    • J38 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Public Policy
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes

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