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Estimating returns to education: three natural experiment techniques compared

Leigh, Andrew; Ryan, Chris


Australia: instrumenting schooling using month of birth, instrumenting schooling using changes in compulsory schooling laws, and comparing outcomes for twins. With annual pre-tax income as our measure of income, we find that the naïve (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 changes in compulsory schooling laws as an IV produces a 12% rate of return. Finally, we review estimates from twins...[Show more]

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Date published: 2005
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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