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Long-Run Effects of Catholic Schooling on Wages

27 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2013  

Nikhil Jha

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Cain Polidano

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Date Written: November 2013

Abstract

Previous studies have linked Catholic schooling to higher academic achievement. We add to the literature on Catholic schooling by examining its effect on long-term wage rates in Australia, independent of effects on academic achievement. Using panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics Australia (HILDA) Survey and fixed effects estimation, we find that during the prime-time of a career, wage rates for Catholic school graduates progress with labor market experience at a greater rate, on average, than wage rates for public school graduates. Importantly, we find no evidence to suggest that these benefits are peculiar to Catholic schooling, with similar benefits estimated for graduates of independent private schools. These findings suggest that private schooling may be important in not only fostering higher academic achievement, but also in better preparing students for a working life.

Keywords: Catholic schooling, wages

JEL Classification: I20, J31

Suggested Citation

Jha, Nikhil and Polidano, Cain, Long-Run Effects of Catholic Schooling on Wages (November 2013). Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 39/13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370187 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2370187

Nikhil Jha

Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
161 Barry Street
Carlton, VIC 3053
Australia

Cain Polidano (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

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