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The emerging college hours premium for men

Shrathinth Venkatesh

Education Economics, 2022, vol. 30, issue 2, 191-207

Abstract: This paper documents the emerging role of education in the well-known decline in US male working hours. An insignificant hours difference between high school and college graduates becomes a significant 2 hours/week advantage for college graduates within a generation. This growing college hours premium is confirmed in alternate data. Moreover, the growing premium exists throughout the distribution and is not generated by the tails. The increasing premium persists across a wide variety of robustness checks and presents as a widespread phenomenon. The emerging college hours premium increases the overall college earnings premium despite recent trends in the college wage premium.

Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2021.1958169

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