Reconciling the Old and New Census Bureau Education Questions: Recommendations for Researchers

JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC STATISTICS, Vol. 15, No. 3, July 1997

Posted: 12 Mar 1997

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David A. Jaeger

Ph.D. Program in Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Cologne - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Abstract

Beginning with the 1990 Census and the January 1992 Current Population Survey, the Bureau of the Census changed the emphasis of its educational attainment question from years of education to degree receipt. Using a matched sample from the 1991 and 1992 March CPS, this paper addresses how to reconcile the old and new questions. The effects of those methods on the estimated return(s) to education are then examined. Both the estimated linear return and the estimated college-high school wage differential are slightly larger using information from the new question.

JEL Classification: C8, J3, I2

Suggested Citation

Jaeger, David A., Reconciling the Old and New Census Bureau Education Questions: Recommendations for Researchers. JOURNAL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC STATISTICS, Vol. 15, No. 3, July 1997. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3796

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