Mincer Earnings Functions for the Netherlands 1962-2012
21 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2016
Date Written: January 26, 2016
We extract estimation results on the Mincer earnings function from four earlier studies and add new results from a recent dataset. We analyse differences related to differences in earnings concepts, in sampling frame and differences among studies that cannot be explained. Jointly, the studies show a clear U-shaped development in the rate of return to education from 1962 to 2012, with a bottom in the 1980’s. We explain this from Tinbergens’s race between supply and demand (schooling and technology) and suggest this may be a widespread international pattern. Returns to potential experience show no marked time trend.
Keywords: returns to education, Mincer earnings equation, race supply and demand
JEL Classification: I260, J240, J310
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