Economic Returns to Education: What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going – Some Brief Pointers

By: Matt Dickson (UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin CMPO, University of Bristol)
Colm Harmon (UCD Geary Institute, University College Dublin Research School of Economics, Australian National University IZA, Bonn)

URL: http://d.repec.org/n?u=RePEc:ucd:wpaper:201115&r=ltv

The estimation of the economic return to education has perhaps been one of the predominant areas of analysis in applied economics for over 50 years. In this short note we consider some of the recent directions taken by the literature, and also some of the blockages faced by both science and policymakers in pushing forward some key issues. This serves by way of introduction to a set of papers for a special issue of the Economics of Education Review.
Keywords: Returns to education, education policy
JEL: J08

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