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Has the college wage premium continued to rise? Evidence from multiple U.S. surveys

Jared Ashworth and Tyler Ransom ()

Economics of Education Review, 2019, vol. 69, issue C, 149-154

Abstract: This paper examines trends in the college wage premium (CWP) by birth cohort across the five major household surveys in the United States: the Census/ACS, CPS, NLSY, PSID, and SIPP. We document a general flattening in the CWP for birth cohorts 1970 and onward in each survey and even a decline for birth cohorts 1980–1984 in the NLSY. We discuss potential reasons for this finding and show that the empirical discrepancy is not a function of differences in composition across surveys. Our results provide crucial context for the vast economic literatures that use these surveys to answer important policy questions about intertemporal changes in the returns to skill.

Keywords: College wage premium; Returns to education (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I26 J30 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econedurev.2019.02.003

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