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Separating Uncertainty from Heterogeneity in Life Cycle Earnings

Flavio Cunha, James Heckman and Salvador Navarro ()

No 1437, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper develops and applies a method for decomposing cross section variability of earnings into components that are forecastable at the time students decide to go to college (heterogeneity) and components that are unforecastable. About 60% of variability in returns to schooling is forecastable. This has important implications for using measured variability to price risk and predict college attendance.

Keywords: counterfactuals; uncertainty; lifecycle earnings; schooling; heterogeneity (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D84 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2004-12
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Published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2005, 57 (2), 191-261

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