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Human Capital Heterogeneity: University Choice and Wages

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  • Navon, Guy

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This paper analyzes the impact of post-secondary education on wages in Israel. The focus is on the impact of university choice on individual wages controlling for the degree acquired and the area of study. Although the raw data indicate that universities command a different return to education, the paper shows that this is due to the selection of more able individuals to particular universities and not to differences in the quality of education offered. The paper is based on a unique data set linking the 1995 census of population, the universities’ records, and the Manufacturing and Crafts Survey.

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  • Navon, Guy, 2006. "Human Capital Heterogeneity: University Choice and Wages," MPRA Paper 9708, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Cited by:

    1. Ran Abramitzky & Victor Lavy & Santiago Pérez, 2018. "The Long-Term Spillover Effects of Changes in the Return to Schooling," NBER Working Papers 24515, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    2. Navon, Guy, 2009. "Human Capital Spillovers in the Workplace: Labor Diversity and Productivity," MPRA Paper 17741, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Keywords

    universities; wage; human capital; Heterogeneity; return; education; private; guy; navon; israel;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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