Why Do We Ignore the Risk in Schooling Decisions?

33 Pages Posted: 19 Apr 2014

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Joop Hartog

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB); Tinbergen Institute; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Luis Diaz-Serrano

Universitat Rovira i Virgili; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

While uncertainty abounds in almost any decision on investment in schooling, it is mostly ignored in research and virtually absent in labour economics text books. This paper documents the scope for risk, discusses the tough disentanglement of heterogeneity and risk, surveys the analytical models, laments the absence of a good workhorse model and points out the challenges worth tackling: document ex ante risk that investors face, develop a tractable and malleable analytical model and integrate the option of consumption smoothing in analytical and empirical work. Hedging labour market risk in the stock market can be safely ignored.

Keywords: schooling, risk, human capital, labour supply

JEL Classification: I21, J22, J24, J31

Suggested Citation

Hartog, Joop and Diaz-Serrano, Luis, Why Do We Ignore the Risk in Schooling Decisions?. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8110. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2426864

Joop Hartog (Contact Author)

University of Amsterdam - Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) ( email )

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Tinbergen Institute

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Luis Diaz-Serrano

Universitat Rovira i Virgili ( email )

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43006 Tarragona, Tarragona 43007
Spain

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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