Earnings Effects of Different Components of Schooling: Human Capital versus Screening

Wim Groot*, Hessel Oosterbeek

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In this paper we divide actual years of schooling into effective years, repeated years, skipped years, inefficient routing years and dropout years. Estimation of earnings functions reveals that this typologyi s statisticallys uperiort o the usual concepts of either actual or effective years of schooling. Based on our distinction we formulate tests which discriminate between the human capital theory and the screening hypothesis. The results give strong support to the human capital theory and refute the screening hypothesis
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-321
Number of pages5
JournalReview of Economics and Statistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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