A Note on the Wage Effects of the 1972 Raising of the School Leaving Age in Scotland and Northern Ireland

Matthew Dickson, Franz Buscha

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Abstract

In this note, we use the UK Labour Force Survey to estimate the wage return to an additional year of schooling for Scotland and Northern Ireland exploiting the 1972 Raising of the School Leaving Age (RoSLA). Prior literature on this topic has consistently ignored both countries in a UK context, likely due to an incorrect belief that they were not affected by the 1972 RoSLA until some years later. We demonstrate that both countries were affected by the education reform in 1972 and our estimates suggest a positive effect on hourly wages for Scotland.
LanguageEnglish
Pages572-582
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Volume65
Issue number5
Early online date2 Aug 2018
DOIs
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2 Aug 2018

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Keywords

  • Returns to education
  • Raising of the school leaving age
  • Earnings
  • Instrumental variables (IV)
  • Scotland, Northern Ireland

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A Note on the Wage Effects of the 1972 Raising of the School Leaving Age in Scotland and Northern Ireland. / Dickson, Matthew; Buscha, Franz.

In: Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 65, No. 5, 02.08.2018, p. 572-582.

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