Accounting for Heterogeneous Returns in Sequential Schooling Decisions

G. Zamarro

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Abstract

This paper presents a method for estimating returns to schooling that takes into account that returns may be heterogeneous among agents and that educational decisions are made sequentially.A sequential decision model is interesting because it explicitly considers that the level of education of each individual is the result of previous schooling choices and so, the variation of supply-side instruments over time will emerge as a source of identification of the desired parameters.A test for heterogeneity in returns from sequential schooling decisions is developed and expressions for Marginal Treatment Effects are obtained in this context.Returns are estimated and tested from cross-sectional data from a Spanish household survey that contains rich family background information and useful instruments.This data is stratified by level of education and so estimators are adapted to take this feature into account.Finally, this methodology is used to analyze possible effects of the 1970 reform of the Spanish education system.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
PublisherEconometrics
Number of pages75
Volume2006-21
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2006-21

Keywords

  • schooling
  • selection models
  • heterogeneity
  • sequential decisions
  • policy evaluation JEL classifications

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    Zamarro, G. (2006). Accounting for Heterogeneous Returns in Sequential Schooling Decisions. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2006-21). Econometrics.