Overeducation and Individual Heterogeneity


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MAIER, Michael, Friedhelm PFEIFFER, Winfried POHLMEIER, 2003. Overeducation and Individual Heterogeneity

@techreport{Maier2003Overe-11773, series={Diskussionspapiere der DFG-Forschergruppe Heterogene Arbeit}, title={Overeducation and Individual Heterogeneity}, year={2003}, number={03/01}, author={Maier, Michael and Pfeiffer, Friedhelm and Pohlmeier, Winfried}, note={Also publ. in: Overeducation in Europe : current issues in theory and policy ; [selected and revised papers from the International Conference "Overeducation in Europe: What Do We Know?" at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin (MPIB), on 22 - 23 November 2002] / Felix Büchel ... (eds.). - Northampton [u.a.] : Elgar, 2003. - S. 133-152. - ISBN 978-1-8437-6361-1} }

Pohlmeier, Winfried In this paper, the efficiency of human capital investments is evaluated in the light of inadequate educational careers and skill obsolescence. Assuming heterogeneous returns to schooling and overeducation we use the potential outcome approach to measure the causal effect of human capital investments on earnings as a continuous treatment effect.<br />Empirical evidence is based on a sample of West German full-time employed males from the 'BIBB/IAB-Strukturerhebung 1998/99'. Our estimate of the average treatment effect of an additional year of schooling (ATE) amounts to 8.7%, which does not differ much from conventional instrumental variable estimates. For skilled and high skilled workers, we find no evidence that the average returns to overeducation are lower than the average returns to required educuation, which differs from the evidence find in most traditional studies. There is evidence for considerable heterogeneity in the expected returns to overeducation. For 20 to 30% of the workers returns seem to be negative. - Appears in: F. Büchel, A. de Grip und A. Mertens (Hrsg.) Overeducation in Europe: Current issues in theory and policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar. Maier, Michael Overeducation and Individual Heterogeneity Pfeiffer, Friedhelm 2011-03-25T09:40:10Z eng Maier, Michael Pfeiffer, Friedhelm deposit-license 2011-03-25T09:40:10Z 2003 application/pdf Pohlmeier, Winfried

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