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EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND WAGE INEQUALITY: EVIDENCE FOR EUROPE

Santiago Budria Rodriguez () and Pedro Telhado-Pereira
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Pedro Telhado-Pereira: University of Madeira

Revista de Economia Aplicada, 2011, vol. 19, issue 2, 5-34

Abstract: In this paper we investigate the connection between education and wage inequality in nine European countries. We exploit the quantile regression technique to calculate returns to lower secondary, upper secondary and tertiary education at different points of the wage distribution. Using data from the last few decades, we describe changes in the conditional wage distribution of the surveyed countries. We find that in most European countries the amount of conditional wage dispersion within education groups is substantially higher and has grown faster among college-educated workers than among less educated workers.

Keywords: Returns to education; Quantile regression; Wage inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C29 D31 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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