"For One More Year with You": Changes in Compulsory Schooling, Education and the Distribution of Wages in Europe

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dc.contributor.author BRUNELLO, Giorgio
dc.contributor.author FORT, Margherita
dc.contributor.author WEBER, Guglielmo
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-13T14:02:21Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-13T14:02:21Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.issn 1830-7728
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1814/8090
dc.description.abstract Using data from 12 European countries and the variation across countries and over time in the changes of minimum school leaving age, we study the effects of the quantity of education on the distribution of earnings. We find that compulsory school reforms significantly affect educational attainment, especially among individuals belonging to the lowest quantile of the distribution of ability. Contrary to previous findings in the relevant literature, we find that additional education reduces wage inequality below median income and increases it above median income. There is also evidence in our data that education and ability are complements in the production of human capital and earnings. While these results support an elitist education policy - more education to the brightest - they also suggest that investing in the less fortunate but bright could payoff both on efficiency and on equity grounds. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher European University Institute
dc.relation.ispartofseries EUI MWP en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 2008/01 en
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Education reforms en
dc.subject distribution of earnings en
dc.subject Europe en
dc.subject J24 en
dc.title "For One More Year with You": Changes in Compulsory Schooling, Education and the Distribution of Wages in Europe en
dc.type Working Paper en
dc.neeo.contributor BRUNELLO|Giorgio|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor FORT|Margherita|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor WEBER|Guglielmo|aut|
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