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Schooling Returns for Wage Earners in Burkina Faso: Evidence from the 1994 and 1998 National Surveys

32 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2004  

Harounan Kazianga

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater

Date Written: August 2004

Abstract

This paper uses national survey data to estimate up-to-date private rates of return to education in Burkina Faso. Mincer earning regressions are fitted to wage data for women and men, and for public and private sector workers. The main results indicate that rates of return rise by level of education, and the public sector does not compensate female primary education. The findings suggest that current education polices which focus on increasing primary schooling supply be complemented with support for children, especially girls from resource constrained households to reach the secondary and tertiary levels. The estimated returns to education are strongly influenced by sample selection. For both men and women, failing to control for both selection in the wage sector and sector choice leads to biased estimates based on my identification of the selection process.

Keywords: Burkina, Education, Labor

JEL Classification: I21, J31

Suggested Citation

Kazianga, Harounan, Schooling Returns for Wage Earners in Burkina Faso: Evidence from the 1994 and 1998 National Surveys (August 2004). Yale University Economic Growth Center Discussion Paper No. 892. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=583321

Harounan Kazianga (Contact Author)

Oklahoma State University - Stillwater ( email )

Stillwater, OK 74078-0555
United States

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