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Estimating Returns to Education Using Different Natural Experiment Techniques

Leigh, Andrew; Ryan, Christopher


How much do returns to education differ across different natural experiment methods? To test this, we estimate the rate of return to schooling in Australia using two different instruments for schooling: month of birth and changes in compulsory schooling laws. With annual pre-tax income as our measure of income, we find that the naïve ordinary least squares (OLS) returns to an additional year of schooling is 13%. The month of birth IV approach gives an 8% rate of return to schooling, while using...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Economics of Education Review
DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2006.09.004


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