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How different are returns to education? Evidence from German school choices
Dömeland, Dörte
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament d'Economia i Empresa
This study presents estimates of returns to post-secondary educationand wage differentials among graduates fromdifferent secondary schoolsin Germany. I use an empirical model that captures the basic features ofthe German education system. It controls for selection into post-secondaryeducation and treats latter as endogenous in the wage equation. Myresults show that OLS estimates are severely biased. The direction ofthe bias depends on the secondary school type. Annual returns topost-secondary education differ significantly: they are eight timeshigher for graduates from the highest secondary school than for graduatesfrom the lowest secondary school.
Labour, Public, Development and Health Economics
endogenous switching
wage differentials
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