New Entry and the Rate of Return to Education: The Case of Registered Nurses
Atlantic Economic Journal, Vol. 33, pp. 325-336, 2005
12 Pages Posted: 3 Aug 2011
Date Written: September 1, 2005
In the 1970's, the percentage of high school graduates completing RN training increased with little change in the rate of return to training. During the 1980's this percentage declined, despite large increases in the rate of return. The national data employed here examine long-run trends (with emphasis on the 1970's and 1980's) in financial incentives and entry into the nursing profession and suggest that broader professional career opportunities in the 1980's exerted a large impact vis-a-vis the 1970's, among other factors. Rates of return remain high in the 1990's with modest signs of the market stabilizing. Successful policies to ensure stability in health care service delivery must incorporate these varying trends in the RN market.
Keywords: nursing, labor markets, wage incentives, health care policy
JEL Classification: J11, J00, J01, J18, J24
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