Educational Attainment and Returns to Education in Germany

25 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2005 Last revised: 18 Aug 2008

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Andreas Ammermueller

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

Andrea Maria Weber

Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski Kracow University; Darmstadt University of Technology - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 2005

Abstract

This paper presents evidence on the development of educational attainment and its returns on the labor market in Germany in the time period 1985-2002. Returns to education are estimated using Mincer equations. We analyze micro-census data in addition to GSOEP data, which allows estimating returns to tertiary education separately by subject of degree for the first time for Germany in such detail. The data indicate an educational expansion, especially for women in West Germany, which is coherent with the relatively high returns to this group. One interesting finding is that each gender reaches the highest returns in those fields of study where its shares are relatively high. For women this is in the fields of studies to become teacher, while men lead in law, business and economics and engineering. Additionally, the returns are higher for most degree subjects in West than in East Germany, especially for women.

JEL Classification: H16, J64, I21

Suggested Citation

Ammermueller, Andreas and Weber, Andrea Maria, Educational Attainment and Returns to Education in Germany (March 2005). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 05-017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=711063 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.711063

Andreas Ammermueller (Contact Author)

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