More education, less volatility? The effect of education on earnings volatility over the life cycle

Judith M. Delaney, Paul J. Devereux

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)
3 Downloads (Pure)


Much evidence suggests that having more education leads to higher earnings in the labor market. However, there is little evidence about whether having more education causes employees to experience lower earnings volatility or shelters them from the adverse effects of recessions. We use a large British administrative panel data set to study the impact of the 1972 increase in compulsory schooling on earnings volatility over the life cycle. Our estimates suggest that men exposed to the law change subsequently had lower earnings variability and less procyclical earnings. However, there is little evidence that education affects earnings volatility of older men.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-137
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Labor Economics
Issue number1
Early online date5 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Economics and Econometrics

Cite this