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Returns to Education: The Causal Effects of Education on Earnings, Health and Smoking

James Heckman, John Humphries () and Gregory Veramendi ()

No 22291, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc

Abstract: This paper estimates returns to education using a dynamic model of educational choice that synthesizes approaches in the structural dynamic discrete choice literature with approaches used in the reduced form treatment effect literature. It is an empirically robust middle ground between the two approaches which estimates economically interpretable and policy-relevant dynamic treatment effects that account for heterogeneity in cognitive and non-cognitive skills and the continuation values of educational choices. Graduating college is not a wise choice for all. Ability bias is a major component of observed educational differentials. For some, there are substantial causal effects of education at all stages of schooling.

JEL-codes: C32 C38 I12 I14 I21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2016-05
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Published as James J. Heckman & John Eric Humphries & Gregory Veramendi, 2018. "Returns to Education: The Causal Effects of Education on Earnings, Health, and Smoking," Journal of Political Economy, vol 126(S1), pages S197-S246.

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