Estimating the Returns to Education Using the Newest Current Population Survey Education Questions
15 Pages Posted: 26 Jun 2002
Date Written: May 2002
This paper examines the 1997 additions to the Current Population Survey education question. These new questions allow researchers to come closer to the "highest grade completed" measure available before 1992. Using the new information, the average imputed "highest grade completed" is one-tenth grade greater and the estimated return to education .6 to 1 percentage points lower than when using only the post-1991 "highest degree received" question.
Keywords: Current Population Survey, Education
JEL Classification: J3, I2
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