Imagining Education: Educational Policy and the Labor Earnings Distribution

24 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2009

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Diego Amador

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University

Date Written: October 25, 2008

Abstract

This paper simulates, within a partial equilibrium framework, the scenarios resulting form the implementation of several educational policies. Then, policies are compared according to their hypothetical results in terms of labor earnings inequality, as measured by the Gini coefficient. Results suggest that educational policies which attempt to guarantee medium qualification produce the lowest inequality even if dispersion in schooling years is high. Policies which attempt to raise tertiary education coverage but do not raise high school coverage as well, lead to rising inequality.

Keywords: Educational policy, economic inequality, schooling

JEL Classification: I28, J24, J38

Suggested Citation

Amador, Diego, Imagining Education: Educational Policy and the Labor Earnings Distribution (October 25, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1485723 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1485723

Diego Amador (Contact Author)

Texas Policy Lab - Rice University ( email )

Rice University – MS 272
5620 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, TX 77005
United States

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