Estimating Marginal Returns to Education

  1. By: Pedro Carneiro
    James J. Heckman
    Edward J. Vytlacil
    URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:nbr:nberwo:16474&r=ltv
    This paper estimates the marginal returns to college for individuals induced to enroll in college by different marginal policy changes. The recent instrumental variables literature seeks to estimate this parameter, but in general it does so only under strong assumptions that are tested and found wanting. We show how to utilize economic theory and local instrumental variables estimators to estimate the effect of marginal policy changes. Our empirical analysis shows that returns are higher for individuals with values of unobservables that make them more likely to attend college. We contrast the returns to well-defined marginal policy changes with IV estimates of the return to schooling. Some marginal policy changes inducing students into college produce very low returns.
    JEL: J31

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One Response to Estimating Marginal Returns to Education

  1. Onyango Joseph says:

    i would like to read a copy of the book online

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