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Schooling Inequality, Returns to Schooling, and Earnings Inequality: Evidence from Brazil and South Africa

David Lam (), Arden Finn () and Murray Leibbrandt ()

No wp-2015-050, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Human capital models imply that both the distribution of education and returns to education affect earnings inequality. Decomposition of these 'quantity' and 'price' components have been important in understanding changes in earnings inequality in developed and developing countries. This paper provides theoretical and empirical analysis of the interactions between schooling inequality, returns to schooling and earnings inequality. We focus on two main questions. What is the relationship between inequality in schooling and inequality in earnings?

Keywords: Education; Equality and inequality; Wage differentials (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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