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Does education reduce wage inequality? Quantile regression evidence from 16 countries

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Quantile regression estimates of returns to education are used to address the relation between schooling and wage inequality. Empirical evidence for male workers from 16 countries for the mid-1990s suggests a robust stylised fact: Returns to schooling are higher for the more skilled individuals, conditional on their observable characteristics. This suggests that schooling has a positive impact upon within-levels wage inequality. Factors such as over-education, ability-schooling interactions and school quality or different fields of study may be driving this result, (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved

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Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:8502
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