The Wage Returns to Education over the Life-Cycle: Heterogeneity and the Role of Experience

Matthew Dickson, Franz Buscha

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Abstract

This paper re-examines the wage returns to the 1972 Raising of the School Leaving Age (RoSLA) in England and Wales using a high-quality administrative panel dataset covering the relevant cohorts for almost 40 years of their labour market careers. With best practice regression discontinuity methods we find at best a zero return to the additional education for men. However, we contend that regression discontinuity methods in this context will give unreliable estimates of the return. Using the panel data to correct for this we find a local average treatment effect of 7% over the lifetime for this additional year of education.
LanguageEnglish
StatusPublished - Dec 2015

Publication series

NameDiscussion Paper Series
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor
No.9596

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Wages
Education
Returns to education
Regression discontinuity
Life cycle
Wales
Labour market
England
Panel data
Best practice
Cohort
Average treatment effect

Keywords

  • returns to education
  • life-cycle
  • earnings
  • experience

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The Wage Returns to Education over the Life-Cycle: Heterogeneity and the Role of Experience. / Dickson, Matthew; Buscha, Franz.

2015. (Discussion Paper Series; No. 9596).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper

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