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Ability Bias, Skewness and the College Wage Premium

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  • Naylor, Robin A.

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

  • Smith, Jeremy

    (Department of Economics, University of Warwick)

Abstract

Changes in educational participation rates across cohorts are likely to imply changes in the ability-education relationship and thereby to impact on estimated returns to education. We show that skewness in the underlying ability distribution is a key determinant of the impact of graduate expansion on the college wage premium. Calibrating the model against the increased proportion of university students in Britain, we find that changes in the average ability gap between university students and others are likely to have mitigated demand-side forces.

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  • Naylor, Robin A. & Smith, Jeremy, 2009. "Ability Bias, Skewness and the College Wage Premium," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 907, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:wrk:warwec:907
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    1. Blackburn, McKinley L & Neumark, David, 1993. "Omitted-Ability Bias and the Increase in the Return to Schooling," Journal of Labor Economics, University of Chicago Press, vol. 11(3), pages 521-544, July.
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    1. Francesc Obiols-Homs & Virginia Sánchez-Marcos, 2015. "Education, Occupation-Mismatch and Unemployment," Working Papers 807, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

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    Keywords

    Ability Bias ; College Wage Premium ; Graduate Returns ; Cohort Effects;

    JEL classification:

    • J31 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs - - - Wage Level and Structure; Wage Differentials
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • D82 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Asymmetric and Private Information; Mechanism Design

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