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Why does educational attainment differ across U.S. states?

  • Lutz Hendricks

College attainment differs nearly two-fold across U.S. states. This paper shows that highly educated states employ skill-biased technologies, specialize in skill-intensive industries, but do not pay lower skill premia. A theory based on agglomeration economies is developed to account for these observations

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Paper provided by Society for Economic Dynamics in its series 2004 Meeting Papers with number 361.

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